Through the smart use of electric energy, wasteful forms of energy can be replaced and emissions reduced, to help combat climate change. As world leaders meet in Paris for the #COP21 UN Climate Change meeting, international measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy waste become paramount.
Energy chain redesign
Current methods of energy production rely heavily on fossil fuels. These are polluting, often inefficient, and unsustainable in terms of energy reserves. Today up to 70 to 80% of raw energy is wasted.
The energy chain will need to be redesigned and looked at as a whole on a global scale. There is a great need to better coordinate the cooperation between all stakeholders – governments, regulators, international organizations, industry and standardization bodies – to reduce current duplications and ensure better outcomes for technology-based climate change initiatives. The IEC offers its neutral, independent global platform to enable coordination in this area.
From generation to consumption
All the interactions between power generation and electricity consumption must be reviewed as part of this redesign. We will need to completely review how energy is consumed in buildings and homes, by industry and transportation; this will require a systems approach.
We also need to integrate remote and large-scale power generation with intermittently available renewable energy, such as wind, marine and solar, and small scale-power generation in thousands of individual locations.
Smart Grids, including large scale energy storage capabilities will be needed to balance the energy supply and consumption, provide systems protection and control and ensure stability in fluctuating conditions.
Electrical energy should be given priority over other forms of energy. It is clean at the point of use and can be generated cleanly from renewable energies. IEC work enables smart electrification and the integration of renewable energies, as well as energy storage.
Smart electrification will help society do use raw energy much more efficiently. It also helps reduce the amount of actual power needed, because the same things will need only a fraction of the energy that is used today.
IEC global platform
The IEC brings together 167 countries, representing 98% of the world population and 96% of world energy generation. Close to 20 000 experts cooperate globally on the neutral and independent IEC platform. Many thousand more contribute to IEC work in each member country.
The IEC covers a vast range of technologies: power generation (including all renewable energy sources), transmission, distribution, Smart Grid and Smart Cities, batteries, home appliances, office and medical equipment, all public and private transportation, semiconductors, fibre optics, nanotechnology, multimedia, information technology, and more. It also addresses safety, EMC, performance and the environment.
The IEC is a partner of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Programme. It provides for example a series of technical specifications with a focus on off-grid energy access and in particular off-grid pico-solar products such as solar lanterns or small solar modules.
See the IEC website here for more information.