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CLASP Supports the SEAD Initiative

07 April 2014

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a voluntary collaboration among governments around the world. The Initiative’s primary objective is to advance global market transformation for energy efficient products. CLASP serves as its Operating Agent.

Appliances, lighting, and other equipment are being purchased at higher rates than ever before, driving a rapid increase in global demand for energy. For example, electricity demand to power just the room air conditioners in India, China, and Brazil is expected to equal the output of five Three Gorges Dams by 2020, according to an analysis by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Rising energy consumption contributes to electrical grid peak loads, exacerbating chronic electricity shortages. Recent blackouts in India, for example – the worst in over a decade – are blamed on a power grid overwhelmed by the use of cooling appliances during hot summer months. Consumers everywhere are dealing with increased energy costs, and governments are uniformly challenged to maintain and expand our energy infrastructures.

More energy efficient appliances and equipment – products that provide the same services with less – offer a fast, cost-effective route to lowering energy consumption and enhancing consumer welfare. Governments can help drive efficiency improvements in equipment and appliances in homes and businesses around the world by incentivizing the development and accelerating the deployment of more energy efficient products.

The 16 participating governments of the SEAD Initiative work collaboratively to accelerate and strengthen appliance energy efficiency policies and related measures. The SEAD Initiative supports this by:

  • increasing partner engagement by providing the knowledge and tools that can help impact policy change;
  • highlighting the benefits and urgency of implementing energy-efficient equipment and appliance policies; and
  • increasing awareness among manufacturers and retailers of the value of producing and stocking super-efficient products.

SEAD is a task of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and was launched as an Initiative at the first CEM in Washington, D.C. in July 2010. Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Commission, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy and India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency co-lead SEAD.

As the SEAD Operating Agent, CLASP provides strategic advice to SEAD leaders on the development of program activities and coordinates and facilitates government participation in the Initiative’s five main Working Groups: standards and labeling, awards, incentives, procurement, and technical analysis.

The SEAD initiative – with CLASP’s support – is advancing sustainable energy use around the globe by increasing the efficiency of the world’s appliances.

To find out more about the SEAD Initiative, visit superefficient.org.