Climate action

IEC is taking action to combat climate change and to meet SDG 13. IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems help to reduce carbon emissions and make the electric grid more resilient to the effects of climate change
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Supporting the work of COP

The COP summit brings parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The IEC offers a global institutional framework that allows for the cooperation of many thousand experts from more than 170 countries. They share their know-how and expertise to build the technical foundation that allows governments to implement their climate policies and manufacturers to build consistently safe, sustainable and interoperable products and systems.

IEC work makes it easier for utilities to build and maintain resilient electrical grids which can better withstand extreme weather events. This enables governments to ensure continuous services such as lighting, water sanitation, food processing, medical services or transportation during storms, forest fires and floods. It also provides the framework for the construction and use of renewable energy systems and promotes the use of energy-efficient processes and technologies, which in turn help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also paves the way for greener modes of transport, prepares the stage for the circular economy and lays the ground for new environment preserving technologies in various industries, such as healthcare, consumer electronics or transport.

Collaboration is key

Together with ISO, the IEC has developed a Climate action kit.
It presents case studies on how standards can support public policies and influence climate change initiatives.
The IEC is working with ISO and other organizations to co‐create a system of legislative rules, stakeholder‐led International Standards and accredited Conformity Assessment Systems. The idea is to accelerate policy outcomes by building consensus across government, regulators, industry and all parties involved in the process. The IEC pledges to continue to provide effective solutions to combat climate change and mitigate its consequences, by publishing consensus-based International Standards and providing certification by the members of the IEC Conformity Assessment Systems.
In this context, the IEC also supports the objectives of the ISO London Declaration regarding climate commitments.

IEC and climate change

IEC and climate change

Over the past 150 years, the earth’s average temperature has increased steadily, because of climate change.

IEC and ISO Climate action kit

It presents case studies on how standards can support public policies and influence climate change initiatives.
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Case studies Climate action kit

The IEC and ISO Climate action kit is designed to assist policy makers in their commitment to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, at COP26 and beyond. It presents case studies on how standards can support public policies and influence climate change initiatives.



How Australia accelerates its marine energy programme


The initiatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain to counter climate change impacts


IEC Standards help to achieve climate policy goals – Bangladesh Perspective


Chinese green product labels and standards fitting into the global market 


Helping Denmark achieve their model for clean energy


Hazardous substances declaration and control – in line with regulations


Germany does it efficiently

GSO countries

GSO contribution to carbon foot-print reduction


Italian electrical systems and climate changes: new approach for the resilience of the systems


New IEC Standard addresses GHG emissions and UN SDG 13


IEC Standards in Jordanian Regulations


How Rep. of Korea increases its solar photovoltaic energy use


Montenegrin model and wind energy generation systems


Electrification of the Norwegian shipping fleet

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Energy Efficiency Labels help reduce carbon emissions

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SDG 13 - Climate change

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.