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The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has introduced a new international standard to help designers o...


The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has introduced a new international standard to help designers of audio-video and information technology equipment make the most environmental and energy efficient decisions at the start of the design and development process.

The standard, IEC 62075, makes designers of laptops, mobile phones and TVs, among other things, consider the entire life cycle of a product. This begins with the materials and energy used in a product’s manufacturing, to its efficiency when switched on or in standby mode, through to the safe disposal of the product at the end of its life.

The IEC, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization comprising 145 countries, develops international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The standard advises designers to consider the product’s energy efficiency, the use of various materials, such as different types of plastics, as well as the product packaging. To increase energy efficiency, the standard helps to explain the different operating modes and the relevant benefits/drawbacks to be considered.

The standard also advises on the environmental regulations that are coming into force, and provides links to numerous government environment agencies around the world.

For more information, go to www.iec.ch


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