International engagement in energy efficiency and the role of 4E
In response to environmental, energy security and economic challenges, governments have strengthened their commitment to energy efficiency over recent years. Recognising that substantial benefits from energy efficiency will be realised more quickly and at lower cost through collaborative action, governments are driving initiatives to accelerate the dynamic sharing of knowledge, information and expertise both at the political and technical level.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) provide senior government politicians with mechanisms to access up to date and authoritative briefings on the key global energy issues. The International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Co-operation (IPEEC) engages the most senior government departmental officials in international collaboration on energy efficiency. These initiatives draw information from a wide-range of sources, including technology and policy and industry experts, NGOs, academia, and regional governmental groups, amongst others.
4E (the IEA Efficient Electrical End-use Equipment Implementing Agreement) is such a government-led group; established to share information, better understand the impacts of different policy approaches and undertake joint research to improve the policies for efficient electrical appliances and equipment. As awareness of the opportunity to stimulate greater energy efficiency amongst globally traded products has grown, 4E was formed in 2008 to facilitate co-operation on policy approaches amongst governments facing similar issues, to increase effectiveness and share research costs. 4E projects tackle governments’ policy questions as they emerge, using the collective experience of energy end-use efficiency policy and technical experts drawn from the 12 member economies. With a focus on delivering results, 4E has established itself as a source of comprehensive information and analysis, which is enabling governments to make better informed decisions.
As part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Technology Network, 4E works closely with the IEA Secretariat and links with other Implementing Agreements studying energy use within buildings.
Some 4E members also participate in the Super Efficient Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, a project under both the CEM and IPEEC, as this brings opportunities to address similar objectives and to maximise effectiveness through joint activities.
These and other organisations such as APEC, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, international standards organizations and industry groups are part of an emerging network of public and private sector groups with an interest in end-use energy efficiency. Recognising the unique contribution that each is playing in the development of public policy, 4E continues to engage with a wide range of these organisations to promote a better understanding of issues relating to the efficiency of electrical end-use equipment.