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SEAD Awards Recognize 'Super-Efficient' Electric Motors

The SEAD Initiative has announced the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for super energy-efficient electric motors. Motors from two companies dominating the competition. Motors from Nanyang Explosion Protection Group Company Limited, from Henan Province, P.R. China, won two international awards and four regional awards in Australia and North America. Products from Siemens Limited from Mumbai, India, won two regional awards in India. Because motors account for 40% of global electricity consumption, greater efficiency can provide significant opportunities for reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.

Learn more about the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition .

SEAD Deploys Energy Efficient Street Lighting Projects in India

The SEAD Initiative, with support from CLASP, is working with Indian city governments and local partners to train municipalities on the use of SEAD’s Street Lighting Tool to identify energy efficient and cost-effective options for upgrading street lights. A large number of India’s Urban Local Bodies have either inadequate or poor street lighting and incur high maintenance costs, often amounting to 10-15% of a typical municipal budget. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) of India also reports that 1% of all electricity consumed in India – equal to 6.7 TWh in 2010-11 – goes to provide public lighting. However, retrofitting street lights can create 25-60% in energy savings by using efficient technologies and better design practices.

Learn more about SEAD's Street Lighting Tool.

Fourth SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition

SEAD GEM web logo In an ambitious effort to reduce energy use on a global scale, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative announced a competition to recognize the most energy-efficient lighting around the world. SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded to the most energy-efficient lamps and luminaires on the market as well as to new technologies that push the boundaries of efficient lighting available today.

For more information, please click here or view the press release here.

SEAD Highlighted in U.S. Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan released by U.S. President Barack Obama on June 25 features a concerted effort to cut energy waste in homes, businesses, and factories. As the President’s plan notes, SEAD is helping accelerate the global adoption of standards and practices for appliances and equipment that could reduce annual electricity demand by the equivalent of 650 mid‐sized coal-fired power plants by 2030. Read more about the plan here

Joint SEAD and IEA Workshop on Networked Standby

In March 2013, SEAD, the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement for Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (IEA 4E) Standby Power Annex, and Natural Resources Canada hosted a joint workshop aimed at exploring and discussing current and planned policies for networked standby and results from ongoing projects. The workshop also provided an opportunity for industry and other key stakeholders to provide insights on current activities and regulatory processes, and to engage with policy makers and technical experts to discuss progress needed towards an internationally aligned policy framework for networked standby.

For more information and to view presentations from the workshop, please visit the IEA website here. 

SEAD Publishes Room Air Conditioners Analysis

SEAD has published a report which identifies potential efficiency improvements for Room ACs and their incremental costs, as well as global and country-specific estimates of total energy savings potential. The analysis, carried out by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, shows that even the best currently available technology offers large efficiency improvement opportunities, with a 35% to 50% reduction in energy consumption from the market average, in most SEAD countries. The report provides insights for policies and programs that can be used to accelerate the adoption of efficient technologies to further capture global energy saving potential. 

To download the report, please click here . 

SEAD Street Lighting Evaluation Tool

Screen capture from SEAD Street Lighting Evaluation Tool

The SEAD initiative has released a free, easy-to-use tool for evaluating street light performance and costs in street lighting upgrades and retrofits. The tool makes it faster and easier to evaluate light quality, energy use, and costs for the most common road layouts. The tool’s simple step-by-step approach makes the evaluation process less expensive and easier for first time users. By analyzing many fixtures at once, it can improve upon manual life-cycle cost evaluation methods and better identify the fixtures that are able to save the most energy.

For more information, please visit the SEAD Street Lighting Tool webpage  and press release here .

Joint SEAD and IEA Network Standby Workshop

In May 2012, SEAD and the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement for Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E) Standby Power jointly hosted a workshop focusing on data collection methodology and policy development for network standby. The workshop assembled international experts and practictioners in the areas of networked standby and related fields. During the workshop participants discussed current practices and promising new approaches. 

For more information and to view presentations from the workshop please visit here . 

SEAD in the news

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition featured in New York City's Times Square on November 21, 2012

SEAD featured in New York's Time Square


SEAD Study Finds Super-Efficient Air Conditioners Could Avoid More Than 100 Power Plants

  • Source: Clean Energy Ministerial
  • Published: April 30, 2013

Berkeley Lab Reveals A/C Efficiency Shortfall

  • Source: Energy Manager Today
  • Published: April 22, 2013

New Competition will Identify World's Most Energy Efficient Computer Monitors

  • Source: ClimateWorks Foundation
  • Published: January 31, 2013

Want to Become a Global Winner in Energy Smart Computer Screen?

  • Source: Swedish Energy Agency
  • Published: January 30, 2013

SEAD-Administered Competition to Identify World's Most Energy Efficient Computer Monitors

  • Source: CLASP
  • Published: January 29, 2013

Global Energy-Saving Computer Monitors Contest

  • Source: People's Daily Online
  • Published: January 22, 2013

Awards Competition Seeks Most Efficient Computer Monitors

  • Source: U.S. Department of Energy - EERE News
  • Published: January 16, 2013

Int'l Group Announces New Efficiency Contest for Computer Monitors

  • Source: ClimateWire
  • Published: January 10, 2013

Global Contest Seeks Energy-Efficient Computer Monitors

  • Source: Reuters 
  • Published: January 9, 2013

Announcing the First SEAD Global Efficiency Medal

  • Source: TopTenUSA 
  • Published: October 3, 2012

Global Competition Recognizes the Most Energy Efficient TVs in Europe

  • Source: Climate Works Foundation 
  • Published: September 2012

Super Energy-Efficient TVs Vie for Global Gold Medal

  • Source: ENERGY STAR News/Nouvelles
  • Published: September 20, 2012

Samsung TV wins two SEAD Global Efficiency Medals at IFA 2012

  • Source: Samsung Tomorrow
  • Published: September 3, 2012

LG Cinema 3D Smart TV named most energy efficient TV at IFA 2012

  • Source: LG Newsroom
  • Published: September 1, 2012

Join the Competition for Energy-Efficient Flat-Panel TVs

  • Source: The Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Published: August 2, 2012

ECREEE & SEAD Partner to Support Implementation of the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency "Standards and Labels" Initiative

  • Source: The US Department of Energy
  • Published: June 18, 2012

Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on Energy and Climate Change

  • Source: The White House
  • Published: May 19, 2012

Working Together for Global Clean Energy: Clean Energy Ministerial and Sustainable Energy for All Join Forces

  • Source: Center for American Progress
  • Published: May 2, 2012

Innovative Technologies, Innovative Diplomacy

  • Source: White House Blog
  • Published: April 29, 2012

Ministers Agree to Improve Appliance Efficiency to Save $1TR in Energy Costs

  • Source: GreenWise
  • Published: April 27, 2012

Contest seeks world's most energy-efficient TV

  • Source: Chicago Tribune, CNBC
  • Published: January 2012

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Articles and news features on global energy efficiency standards and labeling activities

The Honolulu Declaration - 2011 APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

  • Source: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
  • Published: November 2011

Clean Energy Ministerial Newsletter - Fall 2011

  • Source: Clean Energy Ministerial
  • Published: November 2011

IBM Teams with Bureau of Energy Efficiency to Prepare India's First Smart Grid Project

  • Source: Telecom Lead
  • Published: August 2011

New European energy saving rating labels introduced

  • Source: Directgov UK
  • Published: April 2011