Advisory Committee on Environmental Aspects



ACEA (Advisory Committee on Environmental Aspects), which reports to the SMB (Standardization Management Board), considers all aspects of the protection of the natural environment against detrimental impacts from electrotechnical products and systems. EMC aspects covered by ACEC (Advisory Committee on Electromagnetic Compatibility) and energy efficiency aspects covered by ACEE (Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency) are excluded.

ACEA advises the SMB on environmental matters and develops Guides. It helps to coordinate IEC work on environmental issues to ensure consistency and to avoid duplication and conflict in IEC publications. Its role is also to ensure that the IEC's standards developers take environmental protection concerns into account in their standardization work

ACEA activities are focused on issues covered by legislation that relate to, for example, environmentally conscious design (eco-design), environmental declaration and more specifically to substance management, end-of-life treatment, and environmental labelling.


ACEA is responsible for IEC Guide 109: Environmental aspects - Inclusion in electrotechnical product standards. Technical Committees are strongly recommended to consult this guide for advice on the consideration of environmental aspects when drafting product standards.

Further information

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