CLASP benchmarking studies are designed to provide policy makers and energy efficiency program managers with tools for comparing the efficiency of products that are currently used in major world economies. In the absence of harmonized test methods, benchmarking enables comparison of test methods and efficiency policies for globally-traded high-impact products across markets. The objectives of these studies are to lay the foundation for strong and comparable energy performance requirements at the global level and to pull the market towards higher levels of efficiency.
CLASP’s approach for mapping and benchmarking studies typically includes three components, although not all components may be needed for each product:
1. Mapping: The mapping component establishes product characteristics in selected countries by comparing the market size and trends as well as the energy performance of products offered on the market. The mapping component also includes a review of existing standards and labeling initiatives and their characteristics.
2. Benchmarking: The benchmarking component of the project involves the comparisons of product energy performance measurements across economies with different test procedures and efficiency metrics. Such tasks may require the development of conversion functions of existing test and energy performance standards (based on desk research) needed for comparisons.
3. Testing: Where needed or applicable, results from product testing are used to compare and highlight differences between test procedures used by economies for measuring product performance. Representative products are tested according to various test procedures to establish which differences in results are related to test procedure variations. This serves to provide input for the development of conversion functions, if needed.
With respect to general service lighting, CLASP is seeking to produce a benchmarking analysis that will assist national and regional regulators, manufacturers and other stakeholders in the transition from traditional incandescent general service lamps (from this point onward simply referred to as incandescents) to appropriate alternative technologies, and increase the likelihood that the resulting products are of a quality and efficiency appropriate to local needs.
In order to maximize available resources and focus, CLASP conducted a scoping study to define the work needed for the benchmarking of general service lighting (GSL). This scoping study for general lighting service benchmarking provides an overview of product definitions, economies and regions of interest, main test procedures, data availability, and issues for consideration when such a study is undertaken. The scoping study presents specific proposals which prioritize a core of activities with the greatest likely impact on lighting products’ efficiency through influencing standards and labelling development, as well as implementation and compliance frameworks. Bidders are encouraged to consider these recommendations, but are also welcome to propose their own approach if they believe such approaches can provide a more comprehensive and cost-effective study.