Electricity drives everything

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

By Frans Vreeswijk

IEC work continues to grow in importance. Today, electricity drives everything. It is unseen but indispensable. So normal that many of us never think about it.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO
Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

Our work – your work – ensures that billions of devices and systems are able to work with each other safely and efficiently, everywhere in the world. That’s your essential contribution to society. It allows economies to run smoothly and enables companies to sell their products globally.

When you look up from your daily work you can be proud. It is the very details you focus on that play such an important role in the big picture.

Talking is easy. Doing is much harder

Take the example of energy efficiency. Many talk about making things more efficient. A lot of focus is given to measuring the efficiency of energy use. This is all important but it doesn’t change outcomes.

To make better use of energy requires that energy efficiency is directly built into millions of devices and systems; that the adoption of more energy-efficient technologies is made easier. That’s exactly what IEC work helps achieve.

Another example is the smartness that is now being added to our daily lives and environment. This smartness relies on information and communication technology… but also billions of sensors and the electrotechnology that enables the gathering and processing of data. And without a reliable supply of electricity, there would be nothing smart left in smart devices, smart transportation, smart manufacturing or smart cities.

I thank you all for your work and your commitment and wish you a fruitful General Meeting.

Frans Vreeswijk

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Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary and CEO Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO
smart home device IEC work ensures that billions of devices and systems work with one another safely and efficiently
smart watch phone IEC helps make devices more energy-efficient