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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Briefing paper: Aviation – en

The boom in air transport is prompting airports and aircraft to modernize using facial and voice recognition, LED light displays, electric and autonomous vehicles… IEC Standards play a key role in the emergence of new technologies used in airports and aircraft. They also play a vital part in furthering the deployment of renewable energy sources in the aviation and airline business. Furthermore, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ) helps to ensure that various electronic parts, devices and systems used in airports and aircraft meet the specified requirement.

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Briefing paper (e-tech articles): Focus on solar energy – en

This brochure contains a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for solar energy.


Briefing paper (e-tech articles): IEC work for renewable energy – en

You will find in this brochure a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for renewable energy


Briefing paper (e-tech articles): International Standards for today’s and tomorrow’s technologies – en

You will find in this brochure a selection of articles from our magazine, e-tech, on the work of IEC for printed electronics.