SDG 12: Sustainable consumption and production





Worldwide consumption of materials has expanded and in the longer term the economic model of extract, use and discard is unsustainable. On the one hand, the era of cheap and plentiful resources is coming to an end, on the other landfills are filling up rapidly. IEC work helps control the use of material to achieve environmentally conscious design and reduce the quantity of e-waste globally. It also helps manufacturers to comply with regulations on hazardous materials and better manage end-of-life residual waste.


12.2 Sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

IEC work provides the technical foundation for the design, production, installation, upgrading, refurbishment and repair of devices and systems.

12.3 Halve per capita food waste and reduce food losses along product and
supply chains, including post-harvest

IEC work provides the foundation for domestic and industrial cooling systems. Food waste is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. By strengthening the cold chain post-harvest and during production and in supply chains, food waste and greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced.

12.4. Achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste throughout the life cycle and minimize impact on human health and the environment

IEC International Standards together with the IEC CA Systems can help control the use of hazardous substances in manufacturing and end-of-life disposal of electrical and electronic devices. IEC TC 111 addresses environmental standardization for products and systems. IECQ helps companies manage the design, production and life cycle of electronic components and assemblies in accordance with
national and international hazardous substances requirements.

12.5. Reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

IEC International Standards are an important tool to control, measure and determine the durability and upgradability of a product and how easy it can be repaired or recycled.

12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices

IEC International Standards form the basis for state-of-the-art regulations that incite companies to adopt sustainable manufacturing and recycling practices.

12.A Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production

When developing countries use IEC International Standards and test and verify products before they enter national markets, they take the first step to strengthen their ability to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.



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