Annual Report 2013
SESKO’s Annual Report 2013 presents the main points of the electrotechnical standardization activities in Finland. During the year, SESKO joined the project ‘Wellbeing trough Electricity – A Vision for 2030’ that promotes the international vision on electrotechnical standardization and recognizes the future challenges such as energy efficiency requirements as well as the redefinition of energy production and distribution. SESKO also carried on its Young Professionals Programme and the educational cooperation with electrical engineering education institutions.
Managing Director's Review 2013
Young Professionals emergence
IEC Young Professionals Programme (YP) supports new generations to familiarize and to orient themselves towards standardization and network internationally.
Since 2010, SESKO has been sending an increasing group of young Finnish professionals out into the world for IEC’s YP seminars lowering the threshold to participate in international standardization. So far, altogether five Finnish young electrotechnical experts have been involved in YP activities. During 2013 at such a seminar in New Delhi, new representatives from SGS Fimko and ABB attended. Besides IEC, SESKO is also concerned with the new generations of Finnish experts and their involvement in standardization. For the competitiveness of the Finnish society the adequate resources in standardization must be ensured and SESKO intends to continue its support.
SESKO has carried out educational and student cooperation for years. The forms of cooperation have been plentiful and varied: educational seminars, portal sfsedu.fi, online teaching materials for self-study or support teachers, standards handbooks for students along with lectures at polytechnics and universities as well as for theses. During 2013 SESKO published a lot of new online high quality teaching material regarding safety at electrical work and electrical engineering concepts. As stated at the 25th anniversary seminar for research on electric and magnetic fields in Tampere University of Technology, it is essential to get researchers, university teachers and students involved in drafting standards. They are not only a receiving party, but can add value to the standardization and for users of standards e.g. through research results and developed measurement methods.
Acknowledging our troupers and welcoming the new talent
SESKO’s member communities declared the long-term President Kimmo Saarinen as SESKO’s honorary chairman.
Kimmo Saarinen has directed SESKO for 18 years with great skill and proficiency. He has allowed enough space for SESKO to act while still offered support when necessary. With his wide experience and knowledge in the administrative field of both technical and international standardization he has assured a sound and predictable continuance for SESKOthrough ups and downs with persistent dedication.
Kimmo Saarinen’s activity at SESKO’s management has benefited the Finnish electrotechnical standardization as well as all those within SESKO’s scope. Continuing from here SESKO’s new President Kenneth Hänninen has a great opportunity to carry on the development of SESKO and electrotechnical standardization in his own style.
Economic stability ensures continuance in standardization
During 2013, SESKO’s economic performance was well balanced. SESKO’s profit is sustained by three pillars: compensation based on selling standards, return from the participation fees and financial support. During the year, the compensation based on selling standards along with the return from the participation fees comprised of nearly three-quarters of SESKO’s income while one-quarter included the assistance from Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM) and from the Promotion Centre for Electrical Safety (STEK). The share of membership fees was only a few percent. While all other income sections increased, the assistance from TEM fell by 10 percent all together. This trend has been going on for several years already and the future does not look any brighter. Particularly significant was the drop in travel supports, being 15 percent, compared to the previous year. The travel assistance is not used for SESKO but via SESKO to support companies and organizations, who are participating in technical standardization meetings. This support has great significance especially for the experts in SMEs, as receiving it can be crucial in order for their participation in international technical standardization.
The recently adopted European standardization regulations specify that a key objective for the European Union Parliament is to ensure the presentation of views for authorities, interest groups as well as SMEs in standardization. One way to assure this is the government’s financial assistance for participation of the national players in standardization.
Wellbeing through Electricity
SESKO joined the project ‘Wellbeing through Electricity – A Vision for 2030’ initiated by its four member communities to support the idea and vision of the project. The Vision 2030 pictures the meaning of electricity in the future as a provider for wellbeing in everyday life. The project also promotes an international vision on electrotechnical standardization ‘Smart electrification – The key to energy efficiency’, which guides IEC towards the year 2030. As IEC’s member, SESKO is naturally committed to this vision. In the near future, the challenges come from e.g. energy efficiency requirements as well as the redefinition of energy production and distribution, all issues closely related to above mentioned visions. These issues will require very different features from electrical equipment and systems in addition to the existing basic functions. For example, a demand for communication between new and ever increasing forms of production, transmission, distribution and usage. These are all substantial new challenges for standardization as well. Standards must be available sooner than before to enable swift introduction of new technologies and their applications.