SDG 14 - Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use ocean, sea and marine resources

SDG 14

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Reduce marine pollution

Coastal waters receive a variety of land-based pollutants, among them untreated sewage. This is a problem for the ecosystem and human health indirectly, through the consumption of fish and seafood as well as directly through skin contact. Among the three major sources of nutrient pollution are emissions from combustion. Ships burning heavy crude oil, as well as off-shore oil and gas operations can cause offshore marine pollution through ocean-based dumping. Often ship motors continue to run in ports to generate electricity for berthing, loading and unloading. Electrification can significantly reduce marine pollution.

11 IEC TC/SCs and 1 IEC CA System contribute to SDG 14.


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IEC work addresses topics related to life below water

Reduction of marine pollution

Reduction of marine pollution

Loading and unloading

Loading and unloading

Wastewater management

Wastewater treatment

Safety and control on off-shore platforms

Safety and control on off-shore platforms

Wastewater management

Wastewater management

Electrification of shipping

Electrification of shipping

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG target

14.1 Significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, including from land-based activities, and nutrient pollution

A move from combustion engines to electric motors in agriculture, industry and transportation can significantly reduce nutrient pollution. Electrification of shipping at sea and when anchored in harbours, during loading and unloading of goods can significantly contribute to reducing pollution in ports and the open sea. Ensuring the proper functioning and safety of all activities and devices on offshore platforms and during oil drilling through testing and certification can help avoid spills that can deeply affect marine life and coastal areas. Water treatment plants can significantly reduce marine pollution through raw sewage. IEC work applies to all these areas.

  • IEC TC 18: Electrical installations of ships and of mobile and fixed offshore units;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 80: Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 114: Marine energy - Wave, tidal and other water current converters;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 41: Internet of things and related technologies;
  • IECEx: IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres.


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

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Reduce inequality within and among countries

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