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SEAD Member Economy Recent Achievements

SEAD Member Economy Recent Achievements
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Policy Opportunities

  • Technical analysis: Raising the efficiency of new equipment sold in Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative economies to that of the world's most efficient current standards, and sustaining progress thereafter, could by 2030 save as much as 1,800 terawatt-hours per year of electricity (as much as would be produced by six hundred 500-megawatt power plants) and 21 exajoules per year of primary energy (equivalent to the energy in 3 billion barrels of oil). The appliance efficiency rulemaking regulations SEAD partners put in development between January 2010 and April 2011 alone could achieve nearly 10 percent of these potential electricity savings and about 15 percent of these potential primary energy and financial savings.
  • Standards and labels: Mandatory standards programs remove inefficient appliances and equipment from the market, while labeling programs empower consumers to make informed decisions about products they purchase—saving both energy and consumer dollars. SEAD partners are committed to working collaboratively and independently to accelerate and expand their standards and labeling programs.
  • Awards: Global energy efficiency awards to identify the best-in-class models within consumer product categories (such as televisions, motors, or computer monitors) highlight energy efficiency features in products and can help bring high-efficiency technology to the market sooner. Manufacturers compete to put their best technology forward to win a prize and the rights to the marketing benefits.
  • Procurement: Many countries have policies in place to support government procurement of highly efficient equipment and appliances, but encounter barriers to compliance with these policies. Other countries have procurement guidelines that include low-cost or local-content criteria, but lack energy efficiency standards. Overcoming these barriers requires putting better information and tools in the hands of the officials making procurement decisions and overseeing those programs. Like governments, private companies purchase large quantities of energy-consuming devices and benefit from procurement policies that minimize life-cycle energy costs. Both public and private procurement has potential to generate market-transforming demand for emerging high-efficiency products.
  • Incentives: Many utilities and governments provide financial incentives to consumers and manufacturers in order to promote the purchase of highly efficient appliances. SEAD is exploring ways to provide technical support for the development of such incentive programs and to magnify their impact through international coordination.