SDG 9: 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 172 countries in the IEC family has access to world best-practice and high-level expert consensus.

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.



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