www.ceees.org - for product life and performance

European Co-operation in Environmental Engineering

The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies, CEEES, is a forum for international co-operation and information exchange regarding the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. It was created as a co-operative body for the leading European societies in this field.

vinjett.gif CEEES was created, some 30 years ago, as an independent non-profit organisation to promote the advancement of science and technology in the field of environmental engineering. Since its inception CEEES has organised and supported the exchange of information and experience in all the related fields. CEEES also promotes European participation in national symposia and arranges international conferences on environmental techniques and their application. It also encourages the member national societies to support each other's activities.

The CEEES stakeholders are active in the establishment of; national and international standards, codes of practice and the generation of educational material. Its stakeholders are particularly active in procedures related to ensuring the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. CEEES technical advisory boards encompass mechanical and transportation stresses, stress screening, reliability and the effects of climate and pollution on equipment and structures.

The aims and objectives of CEEES include:

  • The advancement of science and technology related to the field of environmental.
  • The exchange of information and experience.
  • Arranging international symposia and workshops.
  • Participation in establishing standardization and best practices.
  • Encouraging members to support each other.
  • Achieving recognition of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Engineers.


CEEES welcomes and encourages participation from organizations and individuals. It especially, welcomes contribution from those with an interest in environmental engineering and working with design and testing methods to enhance the integrity, performance and service life of products and systems. CEEES activities are normally channelled through the national societies; however, it also collaborates with partner organisations including the U.S. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology. Within Europe it supports the founding of similar minded societies in countries, which at present do not have a national society promoting environmental engineering.

The CEEES brochure recently updated on behalf of CEEES, by GUS, the German National Society, can be downloaded here.

France Take Over CEEES Presidency

At the 65th CEEES General Assembly, held at VALEO, La Verrière, France, on Tuesday 18th October 2016, responsibility for the CEEES Presidency and Secretariat were transferred from the German national society GUS to the French national society ASTE. The transfer occurred at the end of the meeting when the duties of the existing CEEES President (Dr Thomas Reichert) and Secretariat (Sabine Aref) were formally transferred. For the next two years the CEEES secretariat will be hosted by ASTE and led by Patrycja Perrin (pperrin@aste.asso.fr).

The new CEEES President is Prof. David Delaux, who is the Reliability Director at Valeo. He represents the French national society, Association pour le Développement des Sciences et Techniques de l'Environnement (ASTE). ASTE is one of the founder members of CEEES and is located at; 1 place Charles de Gaulle, F-78180 Montigny le Bretonneux, FRANCE (www.aste.asso.fr). The photograph below shows (from left to right): Dr Thomas Reichert, Sabine Aref, Patrycja Perrin and David Delaux.

The CEEES General Assembly was preceded, on the 18th October 2016, by a general meeting of all three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards. These Technical Advisory Boards discussed a number of issues including a mechanical and climatic Round Robin exercise proposed by ASTE. The meeting of Technical Advisory Boards concluded a guided tour of the Valeo research and test facilities at La Verrière, where automotive air conditioning system are developed and tested.

The CEEES General Assembly was followed by an evening guided tour of Versailles (see photograph) and concluded with a meal at a Versailles restaurant.

The following day (Wednesday 19th October 2016) ASTE had arranged a CEEES Workshop which was held at the Mercure Paris Vaugirard Porte de Versailles. The topic for the Workshop was "Methods for tailoring environmental". This workshop was well attended by both CEEES national representatives and ASTE members. This CEEES Workshop was organised along ASTELAB which was held at the same location on the 20th October 2016. In the evening of the 19th October 2016, ASTE had arrange a boat trip along the Seine in Paris for attendees of both the CEEES Workshop and ASTELAB.


From left to right: Dr Thomas Reichert, Sabine Aref, Patrycja Perrin and David Delaux.



Two pictures of CEEES Workshop and ASTELAB attendees during the evening boat tour through Paris on the Seine


A group of CEEES members await the start of the guided walking tour of Versailles, outside the palace.


Harri Roossien (a past President of CEEES) presents a paper on "How Reliability Test Programmes and Methods Evolve" at the CEEES Workshop.

Draft Standard for Public Comment

The International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) has introduced a new process allowing anyone to comment on publically available standards. Comments can be submitted even if you are not part of the National Committee working on that standard or even whether your country is an active participant in the creation of that standard.

The documents listed below are those currently available for public comment and which are also related to environmental testing or sustainability topics.

Anyone can register comments on publically available draft standards, by using the "Public Commenting on Draft Standards" button available on the home page of the International Electro-technical Commission (www.iec.ch). The button is on the right hand side of the gray bar, located about halfway down the home page. You need to register, but this is only so that any comments submitted this way will be forwarded via the appropriate National Committee. If you register, you can also opt to receive weekly notification of any new draft standards publically available for comment. Currently there are over 50 standards listed for comment and the commenting period is usually 12 weeks.

IEC 60068-2-52 Ed.3: Environmental testing - Part 2-52: Tests - Test Kb: Salt mist, cyclic (sodium chloride solution)
Document Ref. No: 104/714/CDV, Issue Date, 25-11-2016, Comments Required by: 17-02-2017.

IEC 61400-1 Ed.4: Wind energy generation systems - Part 1: Design requirements
Document Ref. No: 88/605/CDV, Issue Date, 02-12-2016, Comments Required by: 24-02-2017.

IEC 60721-2-4 Ed.2: Classification of environmental conditions - Part 2-4: Environmental conditions appearing in nature - Solar radiation and temperature,
Document Ref. No: 104/715/CDV, Issue Date, 02-12-2016, Comments Required by: 24-02-2017.

IEC 62938 Ed.1: Non-uniform snow load testing for photovoltaic (PV) modules
Document Ref. No: 82/1195/CDV, Issue Date, 23-12-2016, Comments Required by: 17-03-2017.

ISO/IEC DIS 17025, Conformity assessment - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
Document Ref. No: CABPUB/141/CDV, Issue Date, 23-12-2016, Comments Required by: 17-03-2017.

IEC 63059: Multimedia vibration audio systems -Method of measurement for audio characteristics of audio actuator by pinna-conduction
Document Ref. No: 100/2815/CDV, Issue Date, 23-12-2016, Comments Required by: 17-03-2017.

CISPR 16-4-2/AMD2/FRAG5 ED2: Amendment 2 (f5) - Specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods - Part 4-2: Uncertainties, statistics and limit modelling - Measurement instrumentation uncertainty
Document Ref. No: CIS/A/1199/CDV, Issue Date, 23-12-2016, Comments Required by: 17-03-2017.

IEC 62933-2-1 Ed.1: Electric Energy Storage (ESS) Systems - Part 2-1: Unit Parameters and Testing Methods - General specification
Document Ref. No: 8120/95/CDV, Issue Date, 06-01-2017, Comments Required by: 31-03-2017.

IEC 63005-1 Ed1: Event Video Data Recorder For Road Vehicle Accidents - Part 1: Basic requirements
Document Ref. No: 100/2839/CDV, Issue Date, 20-01-2017, Comments Required by: 1404-2017.

Electrostatics - Part 4-4: Standard test methods for specific applications - Electrostatic classification of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC)
Document Ref. No: 101/525/CDV, Issue Date, 20-01-2017, Comments Required by: 14-042017.

IEC 62933-1 ED1: Electrical Energy Storage (EES) systems - Part 1: Terminology
Document Ref. No: 120/96/CDV, Issue Date, 20-01-2017, Comments Required by: 14-04-2017.

IEC/IEEE 60076-16 ED2: Power transformers - Part 16: Transformers for wind turbine applications
Document Ref. No: 14/888/CDV, Issue Date, 27-01-2017, Comments Required by: 21-04-2017.

IEC 62969-3 ED1: Semiconductor devices - Semiconductor interface for automotive vehicles - Part 3: Shock driven piezoelectric energy harvesting for automotive vehicle sensors
Document Ref. No: 47/2337/CDV Issue Date, 27-01-2017, Comments Required by: 21-04-2017.

IEC 60749-26 ED4: Semiconductor devices - Mechanical and climatic test methods - Part 26: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitivity testing - Human body model (HBM)
Document Ref. No: 47/2343/CDV, Issue Date, 27-01-2017, Comments Required by: 21-04-2017.

IEC 61400-11/AMD1 ED3: Wind energy generation systems - Part 11: Acoustic noise measurement techniques
Document Ref. No: 88/615/CDV, Issue Date, 27-01-2017, Comments Required by: 21-04-2017.

IEC 61300-2-46 ED2: Fibre optic interconnecting devices and passive components - Basic test and procedures - Part 2-46: Tests - Damp heat, cyclic
Document Ref. No: 86B/4053/CDV, Issue Date, 03-02-2017, Comments Required by: 28-04-2017.

New CEEES Brochure

The Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (the German National Society GUS), has recently commissioned an update to the CEEES brochure. A downloadable version of the brochure is available as well as a high resolution printable version.

CEEES liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)

us1.gif The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies (CEEES) recently refreshed its liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST). The President of CEEES, Dr Thomas Reichert, met with the current IEST President, Shawn Windley, the President elect, Wei Sun and a number of other IEST officials, at the Annual Technical Meeting of the IEST. Thomas Reichert brought the IEST up to date with the objectives and work of CEEES, with the aid of the new CEEES brochure. The IEST President elect Wei Sun recognized the huge amount of environmental factors and influences the CEEES national associations dealt with.

During the informal discussions, Dr Reichert indicated that CEEES would like to invite a number of US Environmental experts to the CEEES Conferences in spring and fall, to facilitate closer association of the two organizations. CEEES would like to forge new links with IEST members as the former European liaison officer Mrs. Chris Peterson has now left IEST. It was agreed that the IEST direct points of contact, between the two organizations, should be David Sgro the Technical Vice President for Design, Test, and Evaluation and Executive Director Roberta Burrows. The CEEES point of contact would be the CEEES President, Dr Thomas Reichert.

us2.gif It was also agreed that CEEES will endeavor to stimulate the participation of European experts in the ESTECH conference. The historical participation from Europe at ESTECH was recognized and appreciated. The current European participation was mainly focused on mechanical influences. Christian Dindorf, from Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany and active with GUS (the German National association within CEEES), gave a presentation about fatigue damage calculation to compare single to multi axis shaker tests. Bram Cornelius, from Siemens Industry Software (former LMS part) Leuven representing the Belgium association, presented a mission synthesis procedure for sine-on-random excitations in an helicopter applications. More general climatic presentations were made by Dustin Aldridge from Raytheon Missile Systems and about weathering from Chelsea Todd from ATLAS MTT.

The next ESTECH conference is planned in Louisville, Kentucky on the 8 to 11th May 2017 and the next CEEES conference is planned for Paris on 19th and 20th October 2016.

CEEES is a confederation of the environmental engineering societies of

the United Kingdom (SEE),
France (ASTE),
Germany (GUS),
Sweden (SEES),
Switzerland (SSEE),
Finland (KOTEL),
Belgium (BSMEE),
the Netherlands (PLOT),
Italy (AITPA),
Czech Republic (NACEI)
Austria (ÖGUS)
Portugal (SOPSAR)