Sustainable development is development
that meets the needs of the present,
without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their own needs.


The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different needs with an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society. It’s about finding better ways to do things, both for the present and the future. And global standards have an important role to play. 

IEEE global standards support the three pillars of sustainability--economic, environmental and societal.

  • They play a role in providing an open process that empowers people and organizations from around the world to innovate and take action. 

  • They support companies and communities in bringing to the market best practices and energy efficient products and processes that can help protect and conserve environmental resources.

  • They provide global consensus-based solutions to issues.

  • And their implementation helps increase access to local and global markets


IEEE Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing

Focused on energy and resource efficient environment sustainable communications, computing & relevant systems 



IEEE Sustainable ICT

A focal point for news, technology updates and information on conferences, publications and educational and standards activities on Sustainable ICT throughout IEEE



IEEE Communications Society Transmission, Access & Optical Systems Technical Committee

A dedicated group working on standards for energy efficient ICT and hardware and green ICT emissions



IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Working to ensure every stakeholder involved in the design and development  of autonomous and intelligent systems is educated, trained, and empowered to prioritize ethical considerations so that these technologies are advanced for the benefit of humanity


IEEE Humanitarian Committee

Provides a suite of resources that inspire and enable IEEE volunteers around the world to carry out and support impactful humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities at the local level


Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) for Sustainable Development (PDF)
This chapter in IEEE Ethically Aligned Design, First Edition, explores the imperative for A/IS to serve humanity by improving the quality and standard of life for all people everywhere.

Harnessing AI for the Earth: Impacting Environment Sustainability through Transformational Technologies (PDF)
This presentation addresses how AI presents transformative opportunities to address Earth’s environmental challenges.

Measuring What Matters in the Era of Global Warming and the Age of Algorithmic Promises (PDF)
This paper explores three critical themes with recommendations:   Shifting Society to the New Climate Economy and Identifying “Earth‐Friendly” AI,  Protecting Children’s Lives, Future, and Data, and  Maximizing New Metrics.



IEEE 1801-2018 Standard for Design and Verification of Low-Power, Energy-Aware Electronic Systems.

Enabling portability of power intent across a variety of commercial products throughout an electronic system design, analysis, verification and implementation flow.