CLASP Regional Collaboration Case Study
The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) has contributed to several regional collaborations directed at aligning or harmonizing energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) as well as the test procedures that underline these measures. The goal of these regional collaborations is to advance the quantity and quality of S&L practice to a new plateau, and, by doing so, dramatically transform markets, improve economic efficiency, and accelerate the pace of GHG mitigation. The capacity to develop and implement this government policy enables emerging economies to apply the most cost-effective approach to market development.
While S&L fosters technology innovation by requiring product improvement and bringing consumer attention to enhanced efficiency, its most direct benefit in sustainable development terms is advancing sound energy policy in emerging nations. Regional S&L collaboration leads to alignment and harmonization that reduces manufacturers' costs, testing costs, program administration costs, and barriers to trade.