Briefing paper: How the IEC helps achieve the SDGs – en

SDGs are perhaps the most impactful undertaking for global good in the 21st century and an opportunity to leave a better world for future generations.

Building upon the knowledge and expertise of its membership, the IEC provides a framework necessary for the development of global technologies. It ensures the safety, performance and sustainability of electrical, electronic and information technologies that underpin all SDGs. With its consensusbased approach, the IEC reflects the needs of countries across the world.


Briefing paper: The new age of mobility – en

We are moving into a different era: while the 20th century was the age of the fuel-powered car, the 21st will most probably be characterized by new and less polluting forms of transport. Various types of electric vehicles (EVs), from electric cars and buses to e-scooters or e-bikes are becoming ubiquitous in our cities. Hybrid solutions involving batteries and combustion engines have already been widely adopted.

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Briefing paper: Smart lighting – en

The invention of electric light changed the lives of millions of people. It lead to safer working conditions and better educational environments, improved healthcare and economic growth, throughout the 20th century.

Since the very early days of electrical lighting, IEC International Standards have ensured that the technology involved meets the required safety and performance specifications. Just as importantly, IEC is now paving the way for the LED revolution.

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Briefing paper: Smart train, metro and tramway systems – en

Travelling by train, tram or metro are favourite modes of transport for many of us: no traffic jams, no need to focus on the road ahead… we can just sit back and read a book, consult our smartphones or even fall asleep. One thing we rarely do, however, is to think about the hundreds of electrical and electronic devices and systems which enable trains, metros and trams to depart and travel to their destination safely.

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Briefing paper (e-tech articles): Preparing the circular economy – en

As environmental concerns escalate, a new economic model which puts the emphasis on the recycling and reusing of materials and products is emerging. Electrical and electronic systems and products are particularly concerned, as they generate a high level of waste. E-waste is any refuse created by discarded electronic devices and components as well as substances involved in their manufacture and use. The IEC is working on many standards and publications which pave the way for an increasingly circular economy.

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Briefing paper: Maritime transport – en

Nowadays, maritime transport sustains worldwide trade and fosters economic development. Global maritime trade continues to grow annually and the number of seaborne passengers increases commensurately, as giant cruise ships become ever more popular. This continued growth poses a number of challenges which the shipping industry must address in order to continue competing with other forms of transport. New technologies are being investigated or used to help shipping meet these challenges. Most of them are dependent on electricity which is a green and particularly versatile form of energy.

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Briefing paper: Cyber security in the smart grid – Future Leaders industry forum – en

This paper was developed in the framework of the IEC Young Professionals (YP) Programme, whose core objective is to increase the involvement in IEC work of the next generation of IEC experts and leaders, and to encourage their long-term participation in standardization and conformity assessment activities.

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Briefing paper: Electricity – en, fr

Energy is the “golden thread” that weaves together economic growth, human development and environmental sustainability.

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Briefing paper (e-tech articles): Protecting critical infrastructure – en

The range and cost of global malicious cyber activities (cyber attacks) are growing.
The cost is forecast to reach USD 2 000 billion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of USD 500 billion. In addition to financial losses, concern is growing regarding attacks on critical infrastructure sectors. Safeguarding various parts of critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is becoming a priority for most countries. Energy installations are central to the entire critical infrastructure: without electricity there’s no transport system, no fresh water supply or waste water treatment, healthcare facilities, factories can no longer function.


Briefing paper: ISO/IEC JTC 1 – Making the internet of things safer and more secure – en

The IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee 1 (ISO/IEC JTC 1) brings together experts from around the world to develop International Standards for information and communication technology (ICT) for business and consumer applications.

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