SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 9 

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Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization

Thousands of IEC International Standards support the development and implementation of sustainable quality infrastructure in all industries where electrical and electronic devices and systems can be found. They provide confidence to regulators, buyers and consumers that devices and systems are safe, can interoperate, and are built to industry-wide agreed levels of quality and reliability. IEC work also encourages innovation and technology transfer, helps reassure investors and insurers that global best practice has been applied, in design, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and repair, including in terms of sustainability.

88 IEC TC/SCs, 4 IEC SyCs and all 4 IEC CA Systems contribute to SDG 9.

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IEC work addresses topics related to industry, innovation and infrastructure

Global trade

Global trade

Innovation

Innovation

Energy access

Energy access

Hazardous materials and waste control

Hazardous materials and waste control

Quality management

Quality management

Information technology

Information technology

Lighting

Lighting

Environment

Environment

Risk management

Risk management

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence

Energy storage and batteries

Energy storage and batteries

Knowledge transfer

Knowledge transfer

Safety

Safety

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

IEC work directly impacts the following SDG targets

9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

Many IEC International Standards from many IEC TC/SCs apply to the development of resilient infrastructure, including for example in power generation, water management, transportation or healthcare. They ensure the general safety and interoperability of devices and systems and provide businesses and consumers with access to a global market of products and suppliers.

  • IEC TC 2: Rotating machinery;
  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Information structures and elements, graphical symbols, product properties and classes;
  • IEC TC 5: Steam turbines;
  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • IEC TC 14: Power transformers;
  • IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 26: Electric welding;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 31 and 3 SCs: Equipment for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries;
  • 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 (sensors);
  • IEC TC 48 and 2 SCs: Electrical connectors and mechanical structures for electrical and electronic equipment;
  • IEC TC 49: Piezoelectric, dielectric and electrostatic devices;
  • IEC TC 51: Magnetic components;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 68: Magnetic alloys and steels;
  • IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and industrial trucks;
  • IEC TC 73: Short circuit currents;
  • IEC TC 77 and 3 SCs: Electromagnetic compatibility;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems;
  • IEC TC 89: Fire hazard testing;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 19: Environmental and energy aspects for multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 101: Electrostatics;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization;
  • IEC TC 115: High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, in particular, IEC SyC LVDC: Low voltage direct current installations and electricity access;
  • 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.

9.4 Upgrade and retrofit clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes

Many IEC technical committees produce standards that allow for the upgrading and retrofitting of technologies in sectors such as energy generation and transmission, electric motors, railways, shipping, buildings, cities, manufacturing processes, lighting, and more.

  • IEC TC 2: Rotating machinery;
  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Information structures and elements, graphical symbols, product properties and classes;
  • IEC TC 5: Steam turbines;
  • IEC TC 9: Electrical equipment and systems for railways;
  • IEC TC 14: Power transformers;
  • IEC TC 21 and 1 SC: Secondary cells and batteries;
  • IEC SC 22G: Adjustable speed electric drive systems incorporating semiconductor power converters;
  • IEC TC 26: Electric welding;
  • IEC TC 27: Industrial electroheating and electromagnetic processing;
  • IEC TC 31 and 3 SCs: Equipment for explosive atmospheres;
  • IEC TC 34 and 4 SCs: Lamps and related equipment;
  • IEC TC 35: Primary cells and batteries;
  • 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 (sensors);
  • IEC TC 48 and 2 SCs: Electrical connectors and mechanical structures for electrical and electronic equipment;
  • IEC TC 49: Piezoelectric, dielectric and electrostatic devices;
  • IEC TC 51: Magnetic components;
  • IEC TC 55: Winding wires;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 64: Electrical installations and protection against electric shock;
  • IEC TC 65 and 4 SCs: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation;
  • IEC TC 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 68: Magnetic alloys and steels;
  • IEC TC 69: Electric road vehicles and industrial trucks;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 73: Short circuit currents;
  • IEC TC 77 and 3 SC: Electromagnetic compatibility;
  • IEC TC 82: Solar photovoltaic energy systems;
  • IEC TC 89: Fire hazard testing;
  • IEC TC 100/TA 19: Environmental and energy aspects for multimedia systems and equipment;
  • IEC TC 101: Electrostatics;
  • IEC TC 111: Environmental standardization;
  • IEC TC 115: High voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, in particular, IEC TC 91: Electronics assembly technology;
  • IEC TC 107: Process management for avionics;
  • IEC TC 110: Electronic display devices;
  • 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;
  • IEC SyC SM: Smart manufacturing;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7: Software and systems engineering;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39: Sustainability for and by information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42: Artificial intelligence.

9.5 Upgrade the technological capabilities of industry sectors

IEC work provides metrics, specifications, processes and methodologies that help upgrade technological capabilities of industry. They help determine safety, efficiency, resilience and performance levels. The members of the IEC CA Systems verify and certify that upgraded technologies meet international standards.

  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Information structures and elements, graphical symbols, product properties and classes;
  • IEC TC 56: Dependability;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 59 and 7 SCs: Performance of electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of 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 66: Safety of measuring, control and laboratory equipment;
  • IEC TC 70: Degrees of protection by enclosures;
  • IEC TC 72: Automatic electrical controls;
  • IEC TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment;
  • IEC TC 91: Electronics assembly technology;
  • IEC TC 107: Process management for avionics;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7: Software and systems engineering;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39: Sustainability for and by information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42: Artificial intelligence;
  • 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.

9.A Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development

IEC systems committees on smart cities, smart manufacturing and smart energy coordinate the work of dozens of IEC TCs and outside stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure is both sustainable and resilient to environmental and manmade challenges. The use of
IEC International Standards encourages innovation and together with testing and certification provides the tools to benchmark it with competitive solutions.

  • IEC SyC Smart cities: Electrotechnical aspects of smart cities;
  • IEC SyC Smart energy: Smart energy;
  • IEC SyC SM: Smart manufacturing;
  • 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;

9.B Support domestic technology development and innovation

Through the adoption and use of IEC International Standards and participation in IEC CA Systems every one of the 173 countries in the IEC family has access to world best-practice and high-level expert consensus.

  • IEC TC 59 and 7 SCs: Performance of electrical appliances;
  • IEC TC 61 and 5 SCs: Safety of electrical appliances;
  • 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.

9.C Increase access to information and communications technology

IEC work in standardization and conformity assessment forms the basis for the digitalization of industry and society. From sustainable and reliable energy access, to power network communication, industrial automation, the Internet of Things, wearable devices, information and communication technology in offices, administrations and academia, IEC work in standardization and conformity assessment is essential for information and communication technology hardware and software.

  • IEC TC 3 and 2 SCs: Information structures and elements, graphical symbols, product properties and classes;
  • IEC TC 57: Power systems management and associated information exchange;
  • IEC TC 86 and 3 SCs: Fibre optics;
  • IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, in particular, IEC TC 110: Electronic display devices;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7: Software and systems engineering;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39: Sustainability for and by information technology;
  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42: Artificial intelligence.

 

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