Fourteen 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 greenhouse gas abatement from maximising the use of energy efficiency to meet future energy demand.
4E focuses on appliances and 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 to 4E Annexes and Projects.
Launched in 2008, in view of it's achievements during the first and second five-year terms, the IEA endorsed 4E's application for a third term that will run to 2024.
Reviews of 4E's first two terms are available by following the links on this page (under Goals, Scope and Deliverables), together with the most recent Strategic Plan (2019-24).
All countries are welcome to join 4E.
4E activities are determined solely by its members, which are represented by ministries, departments or agencies responsible for national government energy efficiency policies. This structure ensures that the work of 4E is tied to the policy requirements of governments, and that the outputs have a tangible impact on their policies.
The detailed achievements in all areas of 4E work are identified in the 4E Annual Reports available on this website. Key achievements cited by 4E members include: