International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


IEC work enables all forms of power generation, including on-grid and off-grid use of good quality renewable solar, wind, marine and hydro energy generation. The IEC provides the technical foundation for rural electrification, microgrids, low voltage direct current (LVDC) applications and more reliable, more efficient devices.

IEC work also provides the technical foundation for many types of harvesting, storage, production and cooling technologies.

IEC International Standards together with the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems can help control the use of hazardous substances in the manufacturing of electrical and electronic devices.

IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 12 targets

  • SDG 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • SDG 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
  • SDG 12.4: By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
  • SDG 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  • SDG 12.a: Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


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