Global Standards and Labeling Database Updates


CLASP improves the environmental and energy performance of the appliances and related systems we use every day, lessening their impacts on people and the world around us. CLASP develops and shares transformative policy and market solutions in collaboration with global experts and local stakeholders.

CLASP envisions a world in which appliances, equipment and lighting are built for maximum energy efficiency and minimal contribution to global climate change. Energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) offer significant potential for energy demand reduction and consumer cost savings, reducing risk from energy price changes and providing non-energy benefits including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants. With the objective to accelerate the implementation of comparable, transparent, and effective S&L policies globally, CLASP’s Global Best Practices has been working toward deepening S&L knowledge by producing technical studies in collaboration with S&L experts worldwide.

With the objective to accelerate the implementation of comparable, transparent, and effective S&L policies globally, CLASP hosts and supports an online resource, the Global S&L Database, which allows policy makers and S&L practitioners to:

  • Compare policies and regulations across countries and by product;
  • Explore specific information about those policies; and
  • View and understand the legislative framework and history of S&L by country and economic region

CLASP seeks to contract qualified consultants to assist in conducting comprehensive research to update S&L policies and regulations for selected economies currently covered in the database.

Information on the scope of work, Consultants’ responsibilities, reporting and deliverables is provided below, as well as the project timeline and application instructions.

Project Background

CLASP's Global S&L Database provides comprehensive information on S&L policies around the world and is a useful resource for S&L practitioners aiming to:

  • Accelerate the adoption of S&L by identifying existing policies for specific products;
  • Increase the number of products covered by S&L by comparing products regulated across economies; or
  • Conduct a customized search, to inform interested stakeholders and policy makers, using filters such as sector, policy type, and fuel type.

There are three basic components of the database: economies, product groups and policy types.

Economies: There are 54 economies represented in the DB from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, and South America, including two regional associations (APEC and SEAD).

Product groups: Appliances, equipment and lighting products are grouped in 17 categories with a three-level taxonomy to enable more detailed searches. For example, Lighting: Fluorescent: CFL.

Policy types: Four policy types are considered in the database: minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), endorsement labels, comparative labels, and codes of conduct.

The database enables users to compare the coverage of regulations in their economy with those in other economies and identify areas for improvement. In order to update, increase coverage, and supplement the database, the Global Best Practices team is seeking the support of Consultants to update S&L policies in selected economies and document the most recent standards and labels used in each economy for each product.

Scope of Work

CLASP would like to hire individual consultants who have the language and research expertise to identify S&L policies in DB economies. Each Consultant will be responsible for conducting research for economies covered by DB and to update current information on S&L policies. Consultants can view the list of economies included in the DB here.

Consultants will identify and complete all the information fields required to create a new record in the database (i.e., economy, implementing organization, product group, product type, product sub-type, sector, fuel type, scope, policy name, policy type, etc.). Only product groups in the current CLASP database are within scope of this research. This covers all residential, all commercial, and some industrial products. The consultant will produce an Excel file with updated records. Quality Assurance will then be conducted by CLASP staff to ensure quality and accuracy of the data collected.


The Consultant will be required to provide the following outputs over the course of the project:

  • Participate in an introductory session by CLASP to discuss the database, taxonomy, and field requirements;
  • Submit research results in a template format provided by CLASP;
  • Timely and detailed responses to questions and comments from CLASP team members related to this project.


It is envisioned that this project will commence in June 2016 and be completed by September 2016. The timeline for the development and implementation of specific deliverables will be coordinated with the selected Contractors.

Evaluation Criteria

To be eligible for a contract with CLASP, you must first register as a CLASP Implementing Partner. Registering is easy, and can be done here.

A committee appointed by CLASP will evaluate proposals received. CLASP anticipates selecting several consultants to assist with this project. The criteria used to select a consultant will include:

  • Relevant qualifications of the individual, with knowledge of or experience working with appliance energy efficiency standards and labels and energy efficiency topics;
  • Expertise in project and organizational planning;
  • Fluency in language(s) of countries that are included in the database;
  • Understanding of the CLASP S&L database and its objectives; and
  • Consultant’s daily rate.

All questions may be directed to Jenny Corry Smith at jcorry@clasp.ngo.


Interested parties should submit their qualifications as an electronic file. The qualifications should not exceed five pages and must include the following elements:

  • A description of the Consultant’s experience with energy efficiency, research, database management, or related issues, including project experience that illustrates the Contractor’s ability to carry out the project objectives and produce deliverables;
  • List of countries included in the S&L DB that the Consultant is qualified to conduct research on, with supporting evidence showing knowledge of potential sources of relevant information;
  • List of languages spoken that are relevant to the countries included in the database and the level of written and spoken fluency;
  • An estimate of the number of days that will be required to complete updates for the countries the Consultant is qualified to research and an indicative timeline for when the updates will be completed; and
  • The Consultant’s daily rate.

All responses must be submitted electronically by June 01 via the CLASP website using the “Submit Bid” button above and filling out all the requested information. Any submission not addressing each of the previously mentioned requirements could be considered non-responsive and rejected without further review.