Our values

Vision & mission



Every day dedicated experts are thinking about how electrotechnical products, systems and services can be designed, manufactured, operated and disposed of in a way that protects the world. All IEC International Standards and CA (Conformity Assessment) activities work toward achieving a minimal impact on the environment and an optimal use of resources.

IEC International Standards and its CA activities also address the substances and processes used in the manufacture of electrotechnical equipment and systems. Commonly referred to as "hazardous substance" these are elements or compounds which can have serious consequences on the environment or human well-being. IEC expertise is being used by government regulatory authorities around the world to ensure that the optimal solutions are put in place to manage these substances.

It is predicted that a large percentage of electrical energy will be produced by renewable sources in the future. Large-scale use of renewable energy is important as it helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels, combat global warming and raise the living standards of people in developing countries. IEC International Standards help these technologies become marketable. They provide a foundation for certification systems, promote international trade of uniform high-quality products and support the transfer of expertise from traditional energy systems.


A cleaner world

The IEC has a dedicated advisory committee on environmental aspects (ACEA) which coordinates and guides the IEC's efforts to ensure that IEC International Standards don't include specifications which would harm the environment.

TC (Technical Committee) 111 is also specifically dedicated to writing International Standards on environmental aspects of electrotechnology. TC 111 looks specifically at the life-cycle design of a product, from the “birth” right through to “death” or disposal.

Using renewable sources

While many efforts are required to keep up with the pace of developments in renewable energy technologies, the IEC is dedicated to setting International Standards that serve the planet in this market sector. The IEC has several technical committees working in the field of renewable energies, looking at areas such as hydropower, ocean power, solar energy, wind turbines and fuel cell technologies.

Through its activities in renewable energies, the IEC is contributing to global efforts, helping industry and government mitigate the effects of climate change.