SDG 12 - Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG 12  

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Responsible consumption and production

Worldwide consumption of materials has expanded and in the longer term the economic model of extract, use and discard is unsustainable. On the one hand, the era of cheap and plentiful resources is coming to an end, on the other landfills are filling up rapidly. IEC work helps control the use of material to achieve environmentally conscious design and reduce the quantity of e-waste globally. It also helps manufacturers to comply with regulations on hazardous materials and better manage end-of-life residual waste.

103 IEC TC/SCs and 2 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 12.

 

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IEC work addresses topics related to responsible consumption and production

Quality management

Quality management

Cooling

Cooling

Safety

Safety

Innovation

Innovation

Risk management

Risk management

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Environmental protection

Environmental protection

Global trade

Global trade

Energy access

Energy access

Manufacturing and automation

Manufacturing and automation

Hazardous materials and waste control

Hazardous materials and waste control

Lighting

Lighting

Farming and animal rearing

Farming and animal rearing

Knowledge transfer

Knowledge transfer

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

12.2 Sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

IEC work provides the technical foundation for the design, production, installation, upgrading, refurbishment and repair of devices and systems.

  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 5: Steam turbines;
  • IEC TC 7: Overhead electrical conductors;
  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • 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 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries (including for energy storage);
  • IEC TC 42: High-voltage and high-current test techniques;
  • IEC TC 46 and 3 SCs: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
  • IEC TC 47 and 4 SCs: Semiconductor devices;
  • IEC TC 49: Piezoelectric, dielectric and electrostatic devices;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance 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 68: Magnetic alloys and steels;
  • 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 90: Superconductivity;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, including terminals, digital system interfaces and protocols, cable networks, sound signals, storage media, storage data structures, storage systems and equipment, e-publishing and e-books, wireless power transfer;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology;
  • 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;
  • IEC TC 119: Printed electronics;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

12.3 Halve per capita food waste and reduce food losses along product and supply chains, including post-harvest

IEC work provides the foundation for domestic and industrial cooling systems. Food waste is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. By strengthening the cold chain post-harvest and during production and in supply chains, food waste and greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced.

  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances, in particular, IEC SC 59M: Refrigeration appliances for household or commercial use;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation.

12.4 Achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste throughout the life cycle and minimize impact on human health and the environment

IEC International Standards together with the IEC CA Systems can help control the use of hazardous substances in manufacturing and end-of-life disposal of electrical and electronic devices. IEC TC 111 addresses environmental standardization for products and systems. IECQ helps companies manage the design, production and life cycle of electronic components and assemblies in accordance with national and international hazardous substances requirements.

  • IEC TC 7: Overhead electrical conductors;
  • IEC TC 10: Insulating fluids for electrotechnical applications;
  • IEC TC 13: Electrical energy measurement and control;
  • IEC SC 31J: Classification of hazardous areas and installation requirements;
  • IEC SC 31M: Non-electrical equipment and protective systems for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 91: Electronics assembly technology;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, including terminals, digital system interfaces and protocols, cable networks, sound signals, storage media, storage data structures, storage systems and equipment, e-publishing and e-books, wireless power transfer;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

12.5 Reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

IEC International Standards are an important tool to control, measure and determine the durability and upgradability of a product and how easy it can be repaired or recycled.

  • IEC TC 2: Electric motors;
  • IEC TC 10: Insulating fluids for electrotechnical applications;
  • IEC TC 14: Power transformers;
  • IEC TC 15: Electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 42: High-voltage and high-current test techniques;
  • IEC TC 46 and 3 SCs: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories;
  • IEC TC 47 and 4 SCs: Semiconductor devices;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 100 and 12 TAs: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, including terminals, digital system interfaces and protocols, cable networks, sound signals, storage media, storage data structures, storage systems and equipment, e-publishing and e-books, wireless power transfer;
  • IEC TC 105: Fuel cell technologies;
  • IEC TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology and communication technology;
  • IEC TC 112: Evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems;
  • IEC TC 113: Nanotechnology for electrotechnical products and systems;
  • IEC TC 119: Printed electronics;
  • IEC TC 121 and 2 SCs: Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

12.6 Encourage to adopt sustainable practices

IEC International Standards form the basis for state-of-the-art regulations that incite companies to adopt sustainable manufacturing and recycling practices.

  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • 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 121 and 2 SCs: Switchgear and controlgear and their assemblies for low voltage;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1 and 22 SCs: Information technology;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

12.A Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production

When developing countries use IEC International Standards and test and verify products before they enter national markets, they take the first step to strengthen their ability to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances, in particular, IEC SC 59M: Refrigeration appliances for household or commercial use;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar PV panels and lighting;
  • IEC TC 115: High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission;
  • IECEE: IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

 

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