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.
The accurate and repeatable testing of products is a basic requirement for energy efficiency programmes and therefore improving tests for variable capacity air conditioners & heat pumps is important. It is particularly timely given the growth in these types of products. 4E is examining potential changes to relevant test procedures culminating in a round robin within 4E countries which will be completed at the end of 2022.
As part of an ongoing investigation, 4E launched a new project in 2021 to better understand the real and current barriers to regulatory policies for systems in 4E jurisdictions. Based on three case studies, the project will focus on Australia, Canada, the EU and Japan.
Additionally, the project will quantify the total savings potential from the implementation of policies for energy-using systems.
Achievements of Energy Efficiency Appliance and Equipment Standards and Labelling Programmes
This global assessment of the benefits of standards and labelling programmes is the result of collaborative research between 4E and the IEA. Published in 2021 during the lead-in to COP26 it supports the case for increased investment in these programmes to deliver on international climate commitments.
The Motor Driven Unit policy guidelines
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)
The Effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreements
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
IEA Energy Efficiency Reports
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
G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Networked Devices
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)
Policy Driven Innovation (PDI)
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
Technology Forcing Standards for Energy Efficiency
Examines the potential to use ambitious future targets to stimulate technology development and innovation, including case studies of previous examples
Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement
4E TCP provides a unique mechanism for national regulators to raise issues of concern and share approaches to market surveillance and enforcement
Engagement with International Standardisation Organisations
4E has extensive engagement with standards organisations to help develop internationally-accepted product definitions, test methods, efficiency metrics, and performance classes
Smart Metering Infrastructure
How significant is the self-energy consumption of smart metering infrastructure, and what impact does different technologies and architecture have?