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

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Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Electrical energy is fundamental to the world's fuctioning today. With growing populations and industrializing countries the world is using more and more electrical energy every day and energy efficiency is becoming even more important.

The IEC is creating the framework for the efficient use of electricity and for generating electricity from renewable energy sources, helping to reduce resource consumption all over the world.

Energy efficiency is not just about achieving the same activities while using less electricity, it is also about changing systems and social behaviours to use less energy althogether. We need to be able to generate, transmit, and distribute more electricity with reduced impact and to use electricity more intelligently. The IEC has the resources to meet this challenge and achieve "smart electrification".

Making things happen

The MSB's (Market Strategy Board) white paper outlines the IEC's position on electrical energy efficiency and highlights the importance of smart electrification. The IEC starts by looking at the global system solutions and only then goes on to write the standards for the services and products. With its dedicated Strategic Group, the IEC identifies areas requiring development and coordinates the technical work on energy efficiency.

Moving forward

Electricity is the most easily controllable form of energy. It also seems likely to be the area where global efforts to control climate change could achieve the fastest results. The IEC has laid down the foundation for smart electrification and continuous improvements of electrical energy efficiency.

Smart Grids

With its work on Smart Grids, the IEC is a "beacon" for the electrical industry and is becoming the “one-stop shop” for the large number of Smart Grid projects that are being launched around the world. Visit the Smart Grid zone for more information about the IEC's work in this field.

Generation, transmission & use

Reducing losses of energy at the generation and distribution stages plays a role in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Energy use in buildings, lighting and transport can also be targeted for significant energy savings in the future.

Industrial automation

The use of intelligent automation and control systems, variable-speed motors or electrically powered valves, switches and controllers for example, in manufacturing processes or industrial plants can also contribute to improving energy efficiency as they ensure that energy is consumed only when and where necessary.