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

SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all



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, bringing sustainable electricity and light to cities and economies.

IEC International Standards provide the methodologies, processes and specifications that are needed to compare and verify energy efficiency claims. Often used in regulations, they enable the broad roll out and technology transfer of more energy efficient technologies.

IEC work underpins energy research and energy infrastructure investment. IEC International Standards are often an integral part of energy tenders, for example by the World Bank. They help reassure investors about the long-term soundness of infrastructure investments.

They can be used to build new energy systems or upgrade and expand existing energy infrastructure. With their help, cost can be reduced and long-term investment viability is ensured, because products and spare parts can be purchased anywhere in the world.

IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 7 targets

  • SDG 7.1: By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
  • SDG 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
  • SDG 7.3: By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • SDG 7.a: By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
  • SDG 7.b: By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support


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