NEW: Following a jointly-hosted workshop in Tokyo, Japan in November 2012, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Efficient Electrical End-use Equipment (4E) Implementing Agreement and the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative published a Communique indicating their intention to set up a Standards Coordination Community of Practice. This Community of Practice, formed by both SEAD and IEA 4E participating governments, will work to improve cooperation in international product standards development. To read the Communique, please download it here.
Through the SEAD Standards & Labeling Working Group, participants are working together to accelerate the pace of existing efficiency standards and labeling programs to achieve the most cost-effective savings while making the most efficient use of government resources. From January 2010 to April 2011, SEAD partners put into effect appliance and equipment efficiency standards that will by 2030 reduce annual electricity consumption by about 150 TWh (equivalent to the energy produced by 50 mid-size power plants) and annual primary energy consumption by 1,500 petajoules. These measures will save about US $10 billion per year in net energy-related expenditures.
By requiring all products on the market to be energy efficient, standards usually produce substantial financial savings for individual and business consumers. Energy labels supplement standards, educating consumers about the benefits of efficient products, enabling incentives and procurement to be focused on the most efficient products, and encouraging manufacturers to introduce new products, incorporating even more efficient technologies.
Standards and Labels in SEAD economies
All SEAD partners already have in place minimum energy performance standards or labels for a range of products. The standards and labeling programs being implemented by a few countries now cover more than 40 distinct product categories, accounting for the majority of energy use in residential and commercial buildings, as well as significant energy uses in other sectors. The table below indicates the standards and labeling programs for several selected product areas in SEAD economies. For more details and more economies, search CLASP's Worldwide Summary of Standards & Labeling Programs.
All SEAD partners are working to expand the coverage of these programs, and to update their existing standards, labeling-specifications and test methods in order to reflect technology advances, increase energy savings and enhance the resulting environmental and economic benefits.
Based on an assessment of regulatory schedules, energy savings potentials and government interests, subgroups of SEAD partners launched collaborations focused on six product categories -- commercial refrigeration, computers, distribution transformers, efficient lighting, motors, and televisions -- and one energy use mode, network standby. Preliminary analysis indicates that efficiency standards in these areas could save as much as 1,000 terawatt hours per year (comparable to 330 five-hundred megawatt power plants) and $75 billion/year by 2030.