4E Projects are highly focused research activities that tend to have a shorter-term focus than Annexes and are usually exploratory in nature. These are managed by the 4E ExCo and are additional to the work undertaken by Annexes.
To gain approval, 4E Projects should:
- Demonstrate well-defined objectives and realistic deliverables, which are best achieved through international collaboration.
- Lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency or address one or more current barriers.
- Not duplicate activities undertaken by another organisation or that could be better led by others.
4E has undertaken a wide range of projects. Follow the links on this page to find related details and publications.
With the uptake of air conditioning growing globally, this project seeks to ensure that the performance testing of the popular inverter-type units (heat pumps) is sufficiently robust to support national regulations for energy efficiency
Systems represent a significant potential for new energy savings, and their regulation could provide flexibility in ways that industry can meet policy requirements
The options for harmonising technical standards and regulations for pumps, fans and compressors which globally consume an estimated at 6,560 TWh of electricity (larger than the total electricity consumption of China)
4E examined 51 VAs made between a government and industry actors to see how they have stimulated the development and uptake of energy efficiency appliances and equipment
Evidence from over 20 countries with EESL programs shows the energy efficiency of major appliances has increased at more than 3x the underlying rate of technology improvement
Since 2015, 4E has provided input to successive editions of the IEA’s flagship report on energy efficiency, which quantifies the latest trends, tracks global progress, and examines key drivers and market issues
Established by G20 Leaders in 2014, the Task Group on Networked Devices has continued to work with industry and other stakeholders under the Connected Devices Alliance (CDA)
This research examined the options global government cooperation to deliver regulatory solutions suitable for use and adaption within the legal bounds of national schemes to push global innovation and technology changes for appliances and equipment
Examines the potential to use ambitious future targets to stimulate technology development and innovation, including case studies of previous examples
4E TCP provides a unique mechanism for national regulators to raise issues of concern and share approaches to market surveillance and enforcement
4E has extensive engagement with standards organisations to help develop internationally-accepted product definitions, test methods, efficiency metrics, and performance classes
How significant is the self-energy consumption of smart metering infrastructure, and what impact does different technologies and architecture have?