RFP 9-13

Internationally Aligned Test Methods and Performance Requirements for Televisions


On behalf of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Collaborative Assessment of Standards and Testing Methods (CAST) initiative and the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, CLASP is seeking a Contractor to analyze existing television efficiency test methods, including the current IEC test method, and establish a suite of performance levels that reflect reasonable technology steps.

It is envisioned that this project will commence in October 2013 to be completed by November 2014. Further details about the project are provided below, along with instructions for proposal submission.


The APEC CAST initiative promotes harmonized test procedures and supports the development of aligned energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) in APEC economies. SEAD works in collaboration with the APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C) to advance the development of standards and labelling programs in APEC economies.  Projects under the CAST initiative include assessments of existing global standards, labels and test methods, assessments of global harmonization potential, laboratory assessments via round robin testing, and other activities as needed to best support S&L activities for APEC priority products.

SEAD is a voluntary international government collaboration whose primary objective is to advance global market transformation for energy efficient products.  Improvements in appliance and equipment energy efficiency offer enormous opportunity to reduce global energy consumption and carbon emissions, while simultaneously lowering energy costs for consumers, businesses, and institutions. The SEAD Initiative is making it easier for governments and the private sector to capitalize on this opportunity by fostering the sharing of technical information and program design insights and supporting market transformation efforts such as awards, incentives, and procurement. Measures taken by participating governments since the launch of the initiative in 2010 may save up to 170 terawatt-hours of electricity per year and 1,800 petajoules of natural gas and oil by 2030. [1]

CLASP is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to serve as the primary resource and voice for appliance, lighting and equipment energy efficiency worldwide. CLASP serves as the Operating Agent for SEAD.  As the Operating Agent, CLASP uses its extensive experience in energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) for appliances and equipment to support SEAD activities.

[1] As of August 2013, SEAD member governments are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. China is an observer to SEAD.

Project Background

In the last decade, television technology has undergone a radical change with the demise of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and the rapid uptake of plasma, then liquid crystal display (LCD) technologies. There have also been significant developments in back lighting technology, including light emitting diode (LED) and now organic light emitting diode (OLED) TVs. According to DisplaySearch, global television shipments in 2010 were 248 million and are expected to reach 288 million in 2014.  Figure 1 (DisplaySearch 2011a) shows the forecasted global TV market share by technology and average screen size.  Furthermore, with the global estimated residential energy use by televisions accounting for 6-8%, the uptake of more efficient televisions would benefit consumers with lower utility bills.

Figure 1: Global TV Shipments and Screen Size Forecast by Technology



This project proposes to analyze the current IEC test method to improve its content, repeatability and reproducibility with a view to encouraging all APEC economies to use the method.  The project also proposes to establish a suite of performance levels that reflect reasonable technology steps and cover all televisions of these types currently available around the world and, if possible, propose performance levels for televisions currently under research and development.  As of July 2013, there are several competing television test methods though many APEC economies use IEC 62087.  The project could result in harmonization of the IEC standard for all economies trading televisions in the APEC region.

The project will create awareness among policy makers and standard making bodies about using this common set of performance requirements as measured by the agreed test method.  It should lead to harmonize standards and test methods, enhancing trade of televisions amongst member economies and lower testing costs for suppliers and other benefits which might be passed onto consumers.

Scope of Work

The Contractor will be responsible for the following project activities:

  • Conduct a technical analysis of regional, national, and international test methods and performance requirements for televisions. The analysis must include information on the following:
    • Review of a previous APEC project “Reducing Trade Barriers for Environmental Goods and Services in APEC Economies Mapping Exercise for Energy Efficient Products ” to build upon the TV analysis found in the 6 January 2011 report.
    • Comparison of existing requirements and standards for television energy performance used in APEC economies (including but not limited to Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the United States, and Vietnam. Although not part of APEC, a review of the European Union standards should also be included);
    • Detailed comparison of methodologies for existing test methods, as well as test methods under revision and/or development; and
    • Underlying reasons for variances between regional, national, and international testing requirements, including laboratory technology and capacity, testing, costs, etc.


  • Conduct a technical analysis of the existing test loops associated with IEC 62087:2011 (the Broadcast test loop and the Internet Content test loop). The analysis must include information on the following:
    • Quality and effectiveness of current test loops used to simulate typical viewing; loops;
    • Quality and effectiveness of test patterns currently used for luminance measurement;
    • Analysis of the Internet loop and how it could be improved to simulate content typically displayed on computer monitors;
    • Guidance on the development of alternate test loops for both 3D and 2D testing that match the histogram contained within IEC 62087 Ed 3, Appendix C, and are also repeatable and reproducible (please also refer to the “SEAD 3D Television Sets Research Report ”); and
    • Guidance on the development of a ultra high definition (UHD) version of the test loop.


  • Conduct a technical analysis of automatic brightness control (ABC) for televisions that includes the following elements:
    • Review of a previous CLASP  project “Analysis of Background Illuminance Levels During Television Viewing ” to build upon the December 2011 report;
    • An analytical model of energy savings potential using actual TV ABC response curves.
    • An assessment of potential regional regulatory and market impacts in the adoption of 3, 12, 35, and 100 Lux testing levels internationally.
    • A recommendation for how ABC technology could be used in the IEC 62087 test method in a fashion that fairly reflects the potential energy saving benefits of this feature.


  • Conduct a technical analysis of existing voluntary and regulatory standards for television energy performance. The analysis must include information on the following:
    • Normalization of existing regulatory standards to account for any testing differences so that standards may accurately be compared and benchmarked to one another (this should include an analysis of the IEA-4E Televisions Benchmarking Report); and
    • Proposal of internationally-comparable and aligned test methods and efficiency class definitions for televisions that take into account regional variations and can be considered by policy makers and efficiency program developers in setting minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and categorical or endorsement labels (this should include an analysis of the S-curve model developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a tool to help policy makers and regulators predict future efficiency levels of TVs).


  • Organize an international workshop to be held alongside an IEC 62087 meeting to discuss the results of the above analyses and discuss potential updates to the IEC test method as a result of this project.


  • Disseminate the project findings and deliverables (detailed below) through targeted mailings and an international workshop to be held in conjunction with an APEC EGEE&C meeting.


  • A concise 20-30 page report summarizing the similarities and differences amongst existing TV test methods and proposals to improve and align them.
  • A concise 20-30 page report outlining all energy performance levels suitable for segmenting the televisions sold in the APEC region.
  • Dissemination of the above 2 reports and a presentation of these findings at an international workshop (to be held in conjunction with an IEC 62087 technical committee meeting)
  • A Final Report of not more than 50 pages describing the methodology and results of the project. The report will incorporate feedback obtained through the aforementioned workshop, include an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the evaluated standards, and include recommendations on the development of internationally-comparable test methods and efficiency class definitions. The report will also outline a draft of each amendment proposed to the IEC test method and recommendations to maintain the full suite of performance levels proposed at the workshop.
  • Dissemination of the Final Report and a presentation of the report findings and policy recommendations at an international workshop (to be held in conjunction with an APEC EGEE&C meeting).


It is envisioned that this project will commence in October 2013 to be completed by November 2014.  The timeline for the development and implementation of specific deliverables will be coordinated with the selected Contractor for this project.

Selection Criteria

A committee appointed by CLASP, consisting of CLASP staff and external advisors, will evaluate project and budget proposals received from respondents. The criteria used to determine the winning proposal will include:

  • Technical expertise with television technology, test methods, and energy efficiency policies;
  • Understanding of energy efficiency test protocols and standards;
  • Relevant qualifications of the project team, with knowledge of or experience with television efficiency policies in APEC economies;
  • Quality of the proposed research design and project management and implementation approach;
  • Expertise in project and organizational planning;
  • Understanding of the APEC-CAST initiative, its objectives and activities, and issues related to energy efficiency; and
  • Total cost of plan.


Proposals will be evaluated using a Quality and Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) method, with weights of 70 percent towards project proposal quality and team and organization experience, and 30 percent towards proposed costs. Additional information about CLASP’s selection process is available here.

All questions may be directed to Nicole Kearney at nkearney@clasponline.org. We request all inquiries be made via e-mail and not by phone.


Companies and organizations that wish to bid on this project must first register as a CLASP Implementing Partner. Registration is easy, and must be completed via the CLASP website before final submittal.
Applicants are required to submit two separate proposals: a Technical Proposal and a Financial Proposal. The files should be named as per the following example:  “[Contractor Name]_[Technical/Financial] Proposal_RFP #9-13

The Technical Proposal should not exceed 25 pages in length and must include the following elements:

  • Background and introduction to the project [1 to 2 pages];
  • Detailed approach and methodology for implementation and management of the project [2 to 4 pages];
  • Detailed timeline of deliverables and milestones [1 to 2 pages];
  • A summary of qualifications relevant to this assignment [1 to 2 pages];
  • A description of the Contractor’s experience with energy efficiency or related issues [1 page];
  • Three examples of project experience that best illustrate the Contractor’s ability to carry out the project objectives and deliverables [5 to 6 pages]; and
  • A summary of qualifications for key personnel that will be engaged in the project, along with a description of each person’s role [6 to 8 pages].


The Financial Proposal must include the following elements:

  • Cost breakdown (in days) of the level of effort and costs for each deliverable and project milestone, associated with each team member that will be engaged in the project;
  • List of anticipated out-of-pocket expenses; and
  • Description of the Contractor’s policies, controls, and track record of accomplishing proposed results within budget.
  • All cost estimates must be in US Dollars.


All proposals must be submitted electronically by September 20, 2013 via the CLASP website using the “Submit Bid” button above and filling out all the requested information. Any proposal not addressing each of the previously mentioned requirements can be considered non-responsive and rejected without further review. Late proposals will be rejected without being considered. Revisions or additions to the proposal will not be accepted after the due date unless specifically invited by CLASP.

Additional Information

Applicants interested in learning more about the work of CLASP and the SEAD Initiative are encouraged to visit the following websites:

This project is jointly funded by the Australian Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Summary of Award Rationale

In keeping with CLASP's commitment to a fair and transparent evaluation of all bids, following is a summary of the bids received under RFP# 9-13 “Internationally Aligned Test Methods and Performance Requirements for Televisions”, as well as the basic rationale for the final selection.

This was a competitive solicitation, and technical and financial proposals were received from 3 organizations. While all bidders were considered viable candidates for successful implementation of the project, the submission from Intertek was considered superior due primarily to the international reputation and credibility of the team, particularly the exposure of the bidder to standards and labels and energy efficiency related projects, familiarity with televisions-specific test procedures and efficiency standards in the APEC region, and the strength and comprehensiveness of the proposed approach and methodology based on an understanding of the project requirements as stated in the RFP.

Proposals were evaluated by a 4 person review team according to pre-defined criteria regarding the proposed approach, methodology, and project execution plan, extent of international and APEC-specific expertise of television technologies, test methods and energy efficiency policies, and cost projections in accordance with the RFP.

Proposals were scored based on a Quality and Cost Based System (QCBS) totaling 100 points, with 70 points allocated to the technical proposal evaluation and 30 points allocated to the financial proposal evaluation.

Final scores for the 3 proposals are provided in the table below:


Total Score







Please contact Nicole Kearney, SEAD-APEC Senior Associate, at nkearney@clasponline.org with any further questions. 
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