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4E Projects

4E Projects are initiated by ExCo delegates periodically and may comprise international mapping and benchmarking (M&B) or other research activities.  Projects tend to have a shorter-term focus than Annexes, require lower levels of financial support and are usually exploratory in nature. 

To gain support, Projects must demonstrate well-defined objectives and realistic deliverables, which are best achieved through international collaboration.  In additional, Projects must lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency or address one or more current barriers.  Projects also need to show that they will not duplicate activities undertaken by another organisation or which could be better achieved by others.

4E Projects are listed below and further details provided in the links on this page.

G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Networked Devices

4E and SEAD is providing the platform for international cooperation on Networked Devices for one of six new initiatives endorsed by G20 Leaders at their Australian Summit in November 2014.

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 Project will co-ordinate governments, experts and industry to encourage innovative responses to the challenge of energy consumed by networked devices, and report back to the next G20 meeting to be held in Turkey in late 2015.

International Mapping and Benchmarking

Benchmarking enables governments to compare the performance of appliances and equipment in different regions, and better understand the potential for improvement.  Benchmarking is a key activity of 4E and until 2014 was conducted by the 4E Mapping and Benchmarking Annex. These activities are now organised on a project basis by the ExCo, and the results made available on the Mapping and Benchmarking website.

Monitoring Verification and Enforcement Workshop

This international three day Conference, held in London in September 2010 brought together public and private sector stakeholders to share experiences in the design and operation of their compliance activities.

Smart Metering Infrastructure

This research program considered the energy efficiency implications of Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) and Smart Metering Consumption (SMC), and explored the potential for further 4E involvement in these areas.  The SMC work is now being continued as a task within the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA).

Technology Forcing Standards for Energy Efficiency

This report provides examples of where technology forcing standards have been applied and their impact, and how they compare to other policy interventions.  It goes on to examine the potential for this type of policy measure to stimulate energy efficiency in appliances and equipment at a greater pace than is being achieved by most current national policy approaches. 

Policy Driven Innovation (PDI)

This project seeks to show high-level government officials how ambitious energy productivity goals can be achieved through internationally coordinated efficiency levels and longer-term performance targets for appliances and equipment.  This approach could provide increased regulatory certainty for industry and encourage the market entrance of new efficient technologies.

Engagement with International Standardisation Organisations

Internationally-accepted product definitions, test methods, efficiency metrics, and performance classes often make it easier and faster for national governments to implement effective energy efficiency policies. vWhen these national policies are based on international standards, manufacturers benefit as the costs of complying with disparate policies and certification requirements are reduced; consumers benefit from lower product costs and accelerated innovation; regulators benefit from enhanced transparency and clarity across economies and lower administrative costs, and economies benefit from reduced barriers to trade.

As a result, a joint initiative between 4E and the IEA and Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative was launched in November 2012, to develop more effective mechanisms for engaging with the IEC and ISO.