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G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Networked Devices

In November 2014, G20 Leaders launched the 'Energy Efficiency Action Plan' comprising six areas for collaboration, including networked devices.

Although network connectivity increases opportunities for energy management, such as controlling the temperature setting of ones air conditioner by smart phone, it also adds to energy consumption as appliances use 'network standby' power just to remain connected to the network.  As shown in the joint IEA/4E publication, "More Data, Less Energy", the current annual standby power consumption of networked devices is over 600 billion kilowatt-hours, which is greater than Canada's 2011 annual electricity consumption.  With up to 50 billion devices forecasted to be connected to networks by 2020, global standby power consumption is projected to nearly double by 2025.

The G20 Task Group on Networked Devices is led by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the IEA, while 4E and SEAD provide the main platform for international cooperation amongst governments.

Under Turkey's presidency of the G20 in 2015, the Task Group brought together 300 governments and private sector organisations as part of the Connected Devices Alliance.

Connected Devices Alliance works collaboratively to maximise network-enabled energy savings and minimise the energy consumption from all networks and network-connected devices.

Further background information and links are provided below.

A Centre of Excellence ‘Connected Devices by Design’ is one of seven new projects resulting from the work of the Networked Devices initiative in 2015.

This provides a source for authoritative information on energy saving opportunities and best practices that can be attained by networked devices and the networks within which they operate. 

Reach Connected Devices by Design here


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