Guiding Principles

CLASP encourages the individuals and organizations associated with CLASP to embrace CLASP’s Guiding Principles, which are designed to guard against paternalism or coercion by outside experts as well as to promote technical best practice and regionally appropriate products and services.

CLASP Guiding Principles

  1. Respect the inherent capabilities of the individuals in and the sovereign independence of the countries receiving CLASP assistance.

  2. Encourage standards-setting and labeling programs that: A) save large amounts of energy directly or through regional harmonization; B) transform markets with lasting change; and C) are cost-effective.

  3. Encourage people engaged in standard-setting and labeling to review the many programmatic options available and to educate themselves in their selections and goals without imposing conclusions on what should be done.

  4. When relevant, provide information, tools, training and other technical assistance to enable other practitioners engaged in standards-setting and labeling to better perform their jobs without actually performing their jobs functions for them.

  5. Remain unaligned with any specific regional or national standards-setting or labeling approach when providing guidance as to the merits and drawbacks of alternatives as they apply to each country.

  6. Encourage regional and global cooperation and efforts toward harmonization of any aspects of standards-setting and labeling that will reduce trade barriers and enhance overall energy efficiency.

  7. Be sensitive to limited resources and emphasize affordable options for testing products, setting standards and designing labels.

  8. Be sensitive to the relationship between comparison labels and endorsement labels and emphasize the benefits of appropriate linkage.

  9. Be sensitive to the complex tradeoffs that people face in considering the pros and cons of: A) tailoring each of the many facets of testing, standard-setting and labeling programs to specific country conditions; or B) harmonizing them with those of their neighbors and trade partners.