IEA Implementing Agreement for a
Co-operating Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E)
Twelve countries from the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America have joined together under the forum of 4E to share information and transfer experience in order to support good policy development in the field of energy efficient appliances and equipment.
They recognise the huge benefits for energy security, economic development and greehouse gas abatement from maximising the use of energy efficiency to meet future energy demand.
4E focuses on electrical equipment since this is one of the largest and most rapidly expanding areas of energy consumption. With the growth in global trade in these products, 4E members find that pooling expertise is not only an efficient use of available funds, but results in outcomes that are far more comprehensive and authoritative.
However, 4E does more than sharing information - it also initiates projects designed to meet the policy needs of participants, enabling better informed policy making. The main collaborative research and development activities can be found by following the links on this page.
Launched in 2008, 4E's first term is due to end in February 2014, when consideration will be given to its extension. All countries are welcome to join 4E - application can be made by contacting the Chair or Operating Agent.
In 2011, 4E published 60 reports and papers and organised or presented at over 25 events and conferences.
Work undertaken in the Mapping & Benchmarking, Motor Systems, Standby Power and Solid State Lighting Annexes have all broken new ground and form a sound basis for governments to develop better national and international policies in the future.
Collaborations play a key role in broadening 4E's influence. To this end, 4E has an on-going dialogue with relevant industries, as well as close interaction with the International Energy Agency Secretariat, the CEM, IPEEC and SEAD.