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The SEAD Initiative partners to strengthen and accelerate the development and implementation of appliance energy efficiency policies worldwide.

International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative analysis, data, policy recommendations, and real-world solutions to help countries provide secure and sustainable energy for all.

The IEA is the global authority for energy efficiency data, analysis and policy advice. Our Energy Efficiency Market Report is the annual tracker of energy efficiency progress globally. The IEA also facilitates the exchange of knowledge through our training programs, workshops, and research collaborations, and works to support energy efficiency globally with partners and at key global fora such as the G7 and G20.

The IEA helps governments unlock the vast potential of energy efficiency, advising them on developing, implementing and measuring the impacts of policies. Through the policies and measures database, the IEA tracks global policy progress in over 200 countries, regions and states. The IEA also tracks global investment in energy efficiency as published in the World Energy Investment report, as well as through our global survey of Energy Service Company (ESCO) markets.

The IEA serves as the SEAD Secretariat.


CLASP serves at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and expand access to clean energy, through appliance energy performance and quality. CLASP’s mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances and equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since its inception in 1999, collaborating with stakeholders to design and implement high-impact policies and programs that catalyse markets and protect consumers.

SEAD collaborates with CLASP on a number of strategic and project- specific activities.


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) contributes to the sustainable economic, social, and environmental development of West Africa by improving access to modern, reliable, and affordable energy services; contributing to energy security; and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. To achieve these objectives, ECREEE creates an enabling environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, supporting activities directed at mitigating existing technological, financial, legal, institutional, and other barriers.

SEAD worked closely with ECREEE to complete an institutional and framework assessment for a regional S&L program in West Africa. SEAD co-sponsored and participated in workshops organized by ECREEE to develop regional standards for on- and off-grid lighting, and has supported ECREEE's efforts to shepherd proposed lighting standards through to adoption. ECREEE is today working to develop a regional product database for major equipment and appliances - a key step in ensuring the Ecowas Members States unlock the saving potential that could be delivered from implementing energy efficiency standards.

United for Efficiency

The United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative addresses Sustainable Development Goal Seven on Affordable and Clean Energy for All. The UNEP-led initiative supports developing countries and emerging economies with moving their markets to energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. U4E is a public-private partnership and has due to its many years of experience access to a knowledge platform together with key organizations.

Regional, national and local projects are also pursued based on the needs and interests of the participants. U4E has national projects in over 30 countries and regional initiatives in Southern Africa, East Africa, Caribbean, Southeast Asia.

U4E is funded through the Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund; bilateral aid resources by the Governments of the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway and Sweden; the Clean Cooling Collaborative; the Global Climate Partnership Fund; and other sources.