SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 11 

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259 projects

 

Sustainable urbanization

Safe food, clean water, sufficient energy, overall economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as safety and security: these are the kinds of promises cities must fulfil to provide a decent quality of life to their citizens.

IEC work in standardization and conformity assessment underpins the large majority of the electrical and electronic infrastructure in cities and communities. This includes all forms of transportation, water and sanitation, electricity generation, healthcare, financial and administrative services, security and alarm systems, access control, CCTV, lighting, and more.

IEC International Standards, together with testing and certification also make infrastructure more resilient, helping to mitigate disaster risks and accelerating disaster recovery.

92 IEC TC/SCs and nearly 2 000 IEC Standards, 4 IEC SyCs and all 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 11.

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IEC work addresses topics related to sustainable cities and communities

Power generation

Power generation

Lighting

Lighting

Administration and financial services

Administration and financial services

Obsolescence management

Obsolescence management

Safety

Safety

Electricity access

Electricity access

Water and sanitation

Water and sanitation

Information technology

Information technology

Waste management

Waste management

Water

Water

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Transportation

Transportation

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Risk management

Risk management

Healthcare

Healthcare

Food production and distribution

Food production and distribution

Environmental protection

Environmental protection

Resilience

Resilience

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

11.2 Safe, affordable, sustainable transport systems

IEC work provides international standards for trains, subway systems, sky trains, trolleybuses, pods, EVs, electric ferries and boats, the aviation industry, fuel cell driven vehicles, etc. It also supports the whole monitoring, control, service and safety infrastructure in train and metro stations, airports, bus stops, garages and at street level. IECEx provides important services that among other things ensure safety during fuelling at airports or sewage repair work.

  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 31 and 3 SCs: Equipment for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 97: Electrical installations for lighting and beaconing of aerodromes;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 110: Electronic displays;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage (EES) systems;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology, in particular, ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11: Smart cities;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

11.3 and 11.6 Sustainable urbanization

Nearly 2 000 IEC International Standards from more than 100 IEC TCs directly impact safer, more sustainable urbanization: energy generation, intelligent mobility, healthcare, financial and administrative services, security and alarm systems, access control, smart buildings, aviation, transportation, more efficient farming and irrigation, etc.

  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 29: Electroacoustics;
  • IEC TC 31 and 3 SCs: Equipment for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC TC 46 and 3 SCs: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability, and IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange, help improve the dependability and resilience of infrastructure;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 59 and 7 SCs: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, in particular, IEC SC 61J: Electrical motor-operated cleaning appliances for commercial use;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, publishes IEC 61508 series of standards on functional safety. They ensure that electronic commands are executed if and when required. For example, triggering an alarm system and safety functions when a certain pressure or liquid level has been reached;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 97: Electrical installations for lighting and beaconing of aerodromes;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 110: Electronic displays;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage (EES) systems;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage;
  • IEC SyC AAL: Active assisted living;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • IEC SyC SM: Smart manufacturing;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology, in particular, ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 11: Smart cities;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39: Sustainability for and by information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 41: Internet of things and related technologies;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components;
  • IECRE: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Renewable Energy Applications.

11.5 and 11.B Increased disaster resilience

IEC International Standards together with testing and certification help ensure that infrastructure is more resilient in the face of disasters. The use of standards also facilitates disaster recovery, repairs and reconstruction.

  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC TC 31 and 3 SCs: Equipment for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability, and IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange, help improve the dependability and resilience of infrastructure;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, publishes IEC 61508 series of standards on functional safety. They ensure that electronic commands are executed if and when required. For example, triggering an alarm system and safety functions when a certain pressure or liquid level has been reached;
  • IEC TC 78: Live working (disaster recovery), ensures the safety of workers during repair operations, for example, live working on downed power lines or the installation of electricity generators;
  • IEC TC 104: Environmental conditions, with its IEC 60721 series on classification and environmental tests helps improve the resilience of equipment in the face of disasters;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage (EES) systems;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres;

 

IEC and SDGs

End poverty and hunger. Achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources

Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development