SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

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

SDG 7 

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Energy – the golden thread

Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts all SDGs. The United Nations has recognized energy as the cornerstone for economic development, facilitating poverty and hunger reduction efforts, improving healthcare, education and empowering women.

IEC work is essential in providing affordable and reliable energy services, both off-grid and on-grid and in upgrading and expanding a reliable energy infrastructure. It provides the foundation for testing, certification and for the measurement of energy efficiency.

IEC International Standards enable technology transfer and the broad roll-out of more efficient technologies. They underpin energy infrastructure investment for example by the World Bank.

IEC work provides the solid foundation for the whole energy chain, and all equipment that is driven by electricity. Over 160 IEC TC/SCs directly contribute to SDG 7. With over 1 000 standards and all four IEC CA Systems, IEC work covers all forms of power generation, both on-grid and off-grid, from traditional (hydro, coal, gas, oil, nuclear) to all renewable energy sources (wind, solar, marine, geothermal, etc.).

IEC International Standards allow all countries to benefit from the technology transfer of more energy efficient technologies.

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IEC work addresses topics related to energy

Energy access

Energy access

Solar energy

Solar energy

Nuclear power

Nuclear power

Energy storage and batteries

Energy storage and batteries

Transportation (train, metro, bus, skytrains, etc.)

Transportation (train, metro, bus, skytrains, etc.)

Lighting

Lighting

Wind energy

Wind energy

Generation from fossil fuels

Generation from fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil)

Microgrids

Microgrids

Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure

Power transmission

Power transmission

Marine energy

Marine energy

Rural and off-grid electrification

Rural and off-grid electrification

Industrial processes

Industrial processes

Electric motors and generators

Electric motors and generators

Power distribution

Power distribution

Hydrogen

Hydrogen

LVDC

LVDC

Energy efficiency technologies

Energy efficiency technologies

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

7.1 Access to affordable, reliable energy services

IEC work in standardization and conformity assessment helps governments and industry build off-grid and on-grid energy generation and distribution systems that are interoperable and resilient. It enables innovation and helps address the energy challenge by facilitating the transition to renewable energy. The IEC has also published several hundred standards that underpin energy efficient technologies and directly impact the energy efficiency of devices and systems.

  • CISPR and 7 SCs: International special committee on radio interference;
  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 4: Hydroelectric power generation;
  • IEC TC 5: Steam turbines;
  • IEC TC 7: Overhead electrical conductors;
  • IEC TC 8 and 2 SCs: System aspects of electrical energy supply;
  • IEC TC 10: Insulating fluids for electrotechnical applications;
  • IEC TC 11: Overhead lines;
  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC TC 14: Power transformers;
  • IEC TC 15: Electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 17 and 2 SCs: High voltage switchgear and control gear;
  • IEC TC 18: Electrical installations and cables of ships and off shore unit;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC TC 22 and 4 SCs: Power electronic systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 23 and 7 SCs: Electrical accessories for household, industrial and other applications (cable systems, plugs, sockets, incl. for electric vehicles, switches, circuit breakers, etc.);
  • IEC TC 26: Electric welding;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 32 and 3 SCs: Fuses;
  • IEC TC 33: Power capacitors;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries (incl. for energy storage);
  • IEC TC 36 and 1 SC: Insulators;
  • IEC TC 37 and 2 SCs: Surge arresters;
  • IEC TC 38: Instrument transformers;
  • IEC TC 40: Capacitors and resistors for electronic equipment;
  • IEC TC 45 and 2 SCs: Nuclear instrumentation;
  • IEC TC 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
  • IEC TC 47 and 4 SCs: Semiconductor devices (sensors);
  • IEC TC 51: Magnetic components, ferrite and magnetic powder materials;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and information exchange including cyber security;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 70: Degrees of protection provided by enclosures;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 73: Short-circuit currents;
  • IEC TC 78: Live working;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 90: Superconductivity;
  • IEC TC 91: Electronics assembly technology;
  • IEC TC 94: All-or-nothing electrical relays;
  • IEC TC 95: Measuring relays and protection equipment;
  • IEC TC 96: Transformers, reactors, power supply units;
  • IEC TC 99: Insulation co-ordination and system engineering of high voltage electrical power installations above 1,0 kV AC and 1,5 kV DC;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 112: Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems;
  • IEC TC 113: Nanotechnology for electrotechnical products and systems;
  • IEC TC 115: High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage systems;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear;
  • IEC TC 122: Ultra-high voltage alternating current (UHVAC) transmission systems;
  • IEC TC 123: Management of power systems assets;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology

7.2 Off-grid and on-grid solar, wind, marine, hydro – small and big

IEC work covers off-grid and on-grid use of good quality renewable solar, wind, marine, hydro energy generation, both small and big scale.

  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 7: Overhead electrical conductors;
  • IEC TC 8 and 2 SCs: System aspects of electrical energy supply;
  • IEC TC 11: Overhead lines;
  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC TC 14: Power transformers;
  • IEC TC 15: Electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC TC 22 and 4 SCs: Power electronic systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 23 and 7 SCs: Electrical accessories for household, industrial and other applications (cable systems, plugs, sockets, incl. for electric vehicles, switches, circuit breakers, etc.);
  • IEC TC 32 and 3 SCs: Fuses;
  • IEC TC 33: Power capacitors;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries (incl. for energy storage);
  • IEC TC 36 and 1 SC: Insulators;
  • IEC TC 37 and 2 SCs: Surge arresters;
  • IEC TC 38: Instrument transformers;
  • IEC TC 40: Capacitors and resistors for electronic equipment;
  • IEC TC 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
  • IEC TC 47 and 4 SCs: Semiconductor devices (sensors);
  • IEC TC 51: Magnetic components, ferrite and magnetic powder materials;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and information exchange including cyber security;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 70: Degrees of protection provided by enclosures;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 73: Short-circuit currents;
  • IEC TC 78: Live working;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar PV panels and lighting;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 88: Wind energy generation;
  • IEC TC 94: All-or-nothing electrical relays;
  • IEC TC 95: Measuring relays and protection equipment;
  • IEC TC 96: Transformers, reactors, power supply units;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 112: Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems;
  • IEC TC 113: Nanotechnology for electrotechnical products and systems;
  • IEC TC 114: Marine energy;
  • IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage systems;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear;
  • IEC PC 118: Smart grid user interface;
  • IEC SyC LVDC: Low voltage direct current installations and electricity access;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy.

7.3 Foundation for testing, certification, comparison of energy efficiency – enable broad roll-out and technology transfer

IEC International Standards contain the methodologies and processes that are used by the four IEC CA Systems: IECEE, IECEx, IECQ, IECRE to test and compare the efficiency, resilience, durability, reliability and safety of all types of energy related technologies and systems.

  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC TC 15: Electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC TC 25: Quantities and units;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries (incl. for energy storage);
  • IEC TC 42: High-voltage and high-current test techniques;
  • IEC TC 47 and 4 SCs: Semiconductor devices (sensors);
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • 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 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 70: Degrees of protection provided by enclosures;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 88: Wind energy generation;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 112: Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems;
  • IEC TC 114: Marine energy;
  • IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage systems;
  • IEC PC 118: Smart grid user interface;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • 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;

7.A Foundation for energy research and technology, including energy efficiency. Underpin energy infrastructure investment

IEC International Standards contain the methodologies, processes and specifications that enable energy efficient technologies and systems. They are used to compare, verify and certify energy efficiency claims of individual devices and systems. They reassure investors and insurers that systems are built to world’s best-practice and are often referred to in tenders of the World Bank.

  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC TC 15: Electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 42: High-voltage and high-current test techniques;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and industrial trucks;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities.

7.B Upgrade and expand energy infrastructure. Reduce cost and assure long-term viability

Many IEC International Standards from more than 160 TC/SCs serve to build or upgrade energy infrastructure. They stimulate natural competition which helps reduce cost and ensure consistent quality and long-term reliability.

  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 4: Hydroelectric power generation;
  • IEC TC 7: Overhead electrical conductors;
  • IEC TC 8 and 2 SCs: System aspects of electrical energy supply;
  • IEC TC 11: Overhead lines;
  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC TC 21: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC TC 22 and 4 SCs: Power electronic systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and information exchange including cyber security;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and industrial trucks;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar PV panels and lighting;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 88: Wind energy generation;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 114: Marine energy;
  • IEC TC 117: Solar thermal electric plants;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage systems;
  • IEC TC 122: Ultra-high voltage alternating current (UHVAC) transmission systems;
  • IEC TC 123: Management of power systems assets;
  • IEC PC 118: Smart grid user interface;
  • IEC SyC LVDC: Low voltage direct current installations and electricity access;
  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology.

 

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

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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