SDG 13 - Climate change
Strengthen resilience, reduce disaster impact
The first IEC President, Lord Kelvin used to say: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” The majority of IEC International Standards not only enable the measurement of the efficiency, performance and safety of systems, they also provide the technical basis for further improvement.
IEC International Standards, together with testing and certification, help countries to adopt more sustainable technologies. They also help strengthen the disaster resilience of infrastructure, reducing disaster risks and accelerating disaster recovery, limiting overall disaster impact. IEC work provides the globally relevant, solid technical foundation to make new, sustainable energy solutions broadly accessible.
A myriad of IEC International Standards are used in the building of infrastructure, including for example in power generation or water management. Several IEC TCs develop the standards that ensure that alarm systems are able to operate under extreme conditions, still others ensure the safety of workers during repair operations, for example live working on downed power lines or the installation of electricity generators.
55 IEC TC/SCs, 3 IEC SyCs and all 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 13.
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IEC work addresses topics related to climate action
Environmental condition classification
IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets
13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to hazards and natural disasters
A myriad of IEC International Standards from many IEC TCs apply to the development of infrastructure, including for example power generation or water management. IEC work helps strengthen the disaster resilience of infrastructure through built-in safety mechanisms, processes and minimum requirements. During disasters, certified alarm systems are able to operate even under extreme conditions.
- IEC TC 4: Hydraulic turbines;
- IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
- IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
- IEC TC 37 and 2 SCs: Surge arresters;
- IEC TC 46 and 3 SCs: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
- 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;
- IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and electric industrial trucks;
- IEC TC 79: Alarm and electronic security systems;
- IEC TC 81: Lightning protection;
- IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems;
- IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
- IEC TC 88: Wind energy generation;
- IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, in particular, IEC TC 100/TA 5: Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services;
- IEC TC 100/TA 19: Environmental and energy aspects for multimedia systems and equipment;
- IEC TC 100/TA 20: Analogue and digital audio;
- IEC TC 103: Equipment for radio communication;
- IEC TC 113: Nanotechnology for electrotechnical products and systems;
- IEC TC 114: Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters;
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7: Software and systems engineering;
- 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.
13.3 Improve institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction
Countries who implement IEC International Standards enjoy easier access to sustainable technologies and are better able to mitigate the impact of disasters.
- 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 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation;
- IEC TC 78: Disaster recovery (live working);
- IEC TC 79: Alarm and electronic security systems;
- IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment;
- IEC TC 104: Environmental conditions, classification and methods of test;
- IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization;
- IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
- IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
- IEC SyC SM: Smart manufacturing;
- ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27: Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection.
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