SDG 15 - Life on Land

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

SDG 15

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Sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

More efficient use of energy, a switch from combustion to electrification, reduction of e-waste, the treatment of sewage; pollution prevention and control of hazardous substances in manufacturing; all help protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems and halt land degradations.

26 IEC TC/SCs and 3 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 15.

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IEC for SDGs

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IEC work addresses topics related to life on land

Greenhouse gas reduction

Greenhouse gas reduction

Environmental conservation

Environmental conservation

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Pollution prevention

Pollution prevention

Waste management

Waste management

Life cycle impact

Life cycle impact

Water management

Water management

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

15.1 Ensure conservation, restoration and sustainable use of   terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and services

IEC work is foundational for water management from extraction to use and reuse. Supplying and treating water requires many electrical and electronic devices and systems.

Monitoring the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing and the treatment of wastewater are also underpinned by IEC International Standards.

  • IEC TC 2: Rotating machinery;
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC SC 45B: Radiation protection instrumentation;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage (EES) systems;
  • IECQ: IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components.

15.5 Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

Sustainable use of resources, pollution prevention and environmental protection are central to many IEC International Standards. IEC work provides the foundation for energy efficiency and resulting greenhouse gas reductions, e-waste reduction and responsible management of hazardous substances, electrification of industrial processes and transportation, reuse of materials, eco-friendly design and control of life cycle impact.

  • IEC SC 8B: Decentralized electrical energy systems;
  • IEC TC 10: Fluids for electrotechnical applications;
  • IEC TC 15: Solid electrical insulating materials;
  • IEC TC 20: Electric cables;
  • IEC SC 22H: Uninterruptible power systems (UPS);
  • IEC SC 45A: Instrumentation, control and electrical power systems of nuclear facilities;
  • IEC SC 45B: Radiation protection instrumentation;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 59: Performance of household and similar electrical appliances;
  • IEC SC 62A: Common aspects of electrical equipment used in medical practice;
  • IEC TC 65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation, in particular, IEC SC 65C: Industrial networks;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems;
  • IEC TC 85: Measuring equipment for electrical and electromagnetic quantities;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 15: Wireless power transfer;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 19: Environmental and energy aspects for multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems;
  • IEC TC 120: Electrical energy storage (EES) systems;
  • IEC SC 121A: Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear;
  • IEC TC 122: UHV AC transmission systems;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • 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.

 

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