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.
When 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.
This understanding is reflected in 4E's engagement with international standardisation activities, spearheaded by the work of the 4E Annexes through their active and on-going involvement with relevant standardisation bodies.
EMSA and the SSL Annex have ben particularly effective in influencing relevant international standards, by providing evidence-based information and the viewpoint of 4E regulators into relevant standardisation processes.
In 2012, a joint initiative between 4E and the IEA and Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative was launched to develop more effective mechanisms for engaging with the IEC and ISO. 4E continues to raise issues of importance to its Member governments with the IEC and ISO, and to provide constructive engagement through the work of its Annexes.