Improving energy efficiency is the most cost-effective concrete action governments can take in the short term to address climate change and energy security concerns and to reduce energy consumption.
The 4E Implementing Agreement will specifically focus on electrical end-use equipment. Industrial and commercial equipment as well as equipment mainly used in households is included. The 4E will focus on equipment that contributes most to the total end-use electricity consumption, such as electric motors and lighting, and will include technologies with fast growing markets shares such as set-top boxes. Further the increasing stand-by consumption is a relevant topic for this Implementing Agreement. Electric or hybrid motor vehicles are outside the scope and would be best covered in initiatives dealing with transport.
Consistent with the International Energy Agency Framework (IEA), this initiative is open to IEA member and non-member countries, sponsors and international organisations.
The Programme to be carried out shall consist of international efforts to promote adoption of government policies to encourage the use of efficient electrical end-use equipment. The Programme will provide a forum for countries and other stakeholders to:
These objectives will be met by collecting and sharing information on end-use equipment technologies and programmes and pooling resources for projects and tasks.
The 4E Implementing Agreement will include: