IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems contribute to 16 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in its blueprint for building a better world by 2030.
Electricity is the cornerstone of nearly all of the SDGs. It makes possible access to food, clean water and medicine, enables sustainable cities and promotes economic growth.
The IEC set up adhoc Group 84 with the aim of building awareness within the IEC community on the SDGs and ensuring that the mindset embodied in the SDGs is present in the IEC approach to standardization and conformity assessment.
Vimal Mahendru, Convenor of ahG 84, provided his insights on the IEC and its work in support of the UN SDGs.
Importance of standards
IEC Standards are essential in achieving the UN SDGs. Standards provide the terminology to define what needs to be achieved and provide the tools to allow for these goals to be achieved and measured.
It is estimated that 1.5 billion people, roughly 20% of the world’s population, do not have access to any electricity at all. SDG 7 calls for access to affordable and clean energy. IEC work is essential in providing safe, reliable and affordable energy services for all.
Low Voltage Direct Current
In those areas where the electricity grid is not yet available, low-voltage direct current (LVDC) could provide a solution for energy access.