Close to four thousand delegates from 173 countries are gathering in Shanghai for the 83rd annual IEC General Meeting. Industry leaders are joining technology experts, regulators, academics and other stakeholders to discuss future goals and take stock of IEC work.
From mounting piles of waste to the depletion of natural resources, the current modes of production and consumption are unsustainable. Based on the current linear economic model, products are made, used and discarded.
The IEC General Meeting (GM), which will take place from 21 to 25 October in Shanghai, is already exceeding all expectations. A record number of 4000 delegates has registered to attend the numerous workshops and technical committee gatherings that will be organized.
Whenever I talk about the IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee, I make it clear that our mission is not simply to develop standards and system reference documents ourselves. It is even more important to bring the knowledge of the 20,000 IEC experts to help solve city problems.
IEC and regulators must work together to meet the energy needs of future generations. That was the message of IEC President James Shannon to the Regulator Forum on renewable energy taking place in Busan, South Korea.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has welcomed IEC delegates to Busan. “At this General Meeting, I hope to gather insights into the role and contribution of standardization in responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.