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.
Objectives of the 4E Implementing Agreement
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:
- Share expertise and develop their understanding of end-use equipment and policies; and
- Facilitate coordination of international approaches in the area of efficient end-use equipment.
These objectives will be met by collecting and sharing information on end-use equipment technologies and programmes and pooling resources for projects and tasks.
Deliverables of the 4E Implementing Agreement
The 4E Implementing Agreement will include:
- Establishing a forum for information exchange and coordination between participating governments and sponsor organisations.
- Specific projects (Annexes) on efficient electrical end-use equipment.
- Identifying and promoting opportunities for international action on basis of results from the Annexes.
- Disseminating results, best practice, databases, and research.