SDG 7: Energy – the golden thread





Energy, and especially electricity, is the golden thread that impacts all SDGs. The United Nations has recognized energy as the cornerstone for economic development, facilitating poverty and hunger reduction
efforts, improving healthcare, education and empowering women.


IEC work is essential in providing affordable and reliable energy services, both off-grid and on-grid and in upgrading and expanding a reliable energy infrastructure. It provides the foundation for testing,
certification and for the measurement of energy efficiency.


IEC International Standards enable technology transfer and the broad roll-out of more efficient technologies. They underpin energy infrastructure investment for example by the World Bank.


IEC work provides the solid foundation for the whole energy chain, and all equipment that is driven by electricity. Over 160 IEC TC/SCs directly contribute to SDG 7. With over 1 000 standards and all four
IEC CA Systems, IEC work covers all forms of power generation, both on-grid and off-grid, from traditional (hydro, coal, gas, oil, nuclear) to all renewable energy sources (wind, solar, marine, geothermal, etc.).


IEC International Standards allow all countries to benefit from the technology transfer of more energy efficient technologies.


7.1 Access to affordable, reliable energy services

IEC work in standardization and conformity assessment helps governments and industry build off-grid
and on-grid energy generation and distribution systems that are interoperable and resilient. It enables innovation and helps address the energy challenge by facilitating the transition to renewable energy. The IEC has also published several hundred standards that underpin energy efficient technologies and directly impact the energy efficiency of devices and systems.

7.2 Off-grid and on-grid solar, wind, marine, hydro – small and big

IEC work covers off-grid and on-grid use of good quality renewable solar, wind, marine, hydro energy generation, both small and big scale.

7.3 Foundation for testing, certification, comparison of energy efficiency – enable broad roll-out and technology transfer

IEC International Standards contain the methodologies and processes that are used by the four IEC CA Systems: IECEE, IECEx, IECQ, IECRE to test and compare the efficiency, resilience, durability, reliability and safety of all types of energy related technologies and systems.

7.A Foundation for energy research and technology, including energy efficiency. Underpin energy infrastructure investment

IEC International Standards contain the methodologies, processes and specifications that enable energy efficient technologies and systems. They are used to compare, verify and certify energy efficiency claims
of individual devices and systems. They reassure investors and insurers that systems are built to world’s best-practice and are often referred to in tenders of the World Bank.

7.B Upgrade and expand energy infrastructure. Reduce cost and assure long-term viability

Many IEC International Standards from more than 160 TC/SCs serve to build or upgrade energy infrastructure. They stimulate natural competition which helps reduce cost and ensure consistent quality and long-term reliability.



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