CLASP Update, May 2012

23 May 2012

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Greetings from CLASP

CLASP's been working hard to improve appliance efficiency! Read on for more information about our participation in international initiatives, global and regional work, activities of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, and our website award.


CLASP at the Clean Energy Ministerial

CLASP Moderates Clean Energy Ministerial Roundtable on Super-Efficient Appliances

In April 2012, the third annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brought together minister- and executive-level officials from public, private, and non-profit organizations for a high-level global forum to advance clean energy policies. Christine Egan, CLASP's Executive Director and CEO, moderated a roundtable highlighting super-efficient appliances consisting of 20 participants, including U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Roundtable participants sought to identify barriers and innovative opportunities for the promotion of super-efficient appliances in the global market.

Read more about the CEM roundtable.

Global Research 

CLASP's Benchmarking Study Compares Air Conditioner Efficiencies and Regulations Across Economies

CLASP's Cooling Benchmarking Study provides tools and insights for developing or updating test procedures, labels, and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for room air conditioners (RACs). It enables the comparison of MEPS stringency and RAC efficiency under various test procedures and energy efficiency (EE) metrics that are currently used in several major world economies.

The ability to compare RAC efficiencies and MEPS stringency across economies enables policy makers and EE program managers to better understand RAC efficiency possibilities, and can lead to diffusion of efficient technologies and best practices.

Read more about the Cooling Benchmarking Study, or download a policy factsheet.

Updates from India

India Enacts World's First Comprehensive LED Standards for Performance, Safety, and Quality

In February 2012, India became the first country in the world to comprehensively regulate light-emitting diodes (LEDs), a super-efficient lighting technology. With technical assistance from CLASP, India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) developed the LED standards and guided them through the approval process, expediting the final publishing of the regulations.

India is now the international front-runner on LED regulation and is positioned to play a key global leadership role for this product category.

Read more about the development of LED standards in India.

Workshop: Accelerating Market Transformation toward Energy Efficient Appliances

India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and CLASP hosted a major workshop in February that focused on accelerating market transformation toward energy efficient appliances through standards and labeling (S&L). With nearly 100 participants, the workshop demonstrated the development of India's S&L network over the last few years, and deepened collaboration among technical experts, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

Read more about the workshop on S&L in India.

Updates from SEAD

SEAD Launches New Collaborative to Improve Financial Incentive Programs

The Efficient Product Promotion Collaborative, an initiative of the SEAD Incentives activity, will aim to provide technical support for the design of programs accelerating market transformation for efficient and super-efficient products. This Collaborative will encourage information exchange among international stakeholders to improve the effectiveness of these programs at least cost, and will focus on incentive programs, informational campaigns, and award programs.

Financial incentives can build on the foundations laid by efficiency standards and labels by promoting the purchase of highly efficient products, especially if those products are not yet cost-effective for the average consumer.

Read more about the Efficient Product Promotion Collaborative.

SEAD Awards: New Categories Announced; TV Nomination Period Nears Close

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition encourages market transformation for super-efficient appliances by identifying the most efficient product in different categories in participating regions, as well as an overall global winner. The SEAD Awards Working Group has identified two new product categories, electric motors and computer monitors, for the 2013 competitions.

For the 2012 competition, international winners with the most energy-efficient flat-panel televisions will be awarded on 1 October 2012. Nominations for this global award will be accepted through the end of May.


CLASP Website Honored with Prestigious Webby Award

In April 2012, the 16th Annual Webby Awards selected the CLASP website as an Official Honoree in the Green category. The Webby Awards are the leading international awards honoring excellence on the internet, and recognize websites that set the standard for innovation and creativity. The Webby Awards evaluate Honoree candidates according to content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, and interactivity.

We welcome all feedback as we continue to improve the site. Explore the CLASP website, and contact us if you would like to submit a comment.

Career Opportunities at CLASP

CLASP is recruiting a Senior Associate for SEAD and an Administrative Assistant.

The Senior Associate will provide technical and program support to government participants in SEAD program activities, and will facilitate collaboration among SEAD stakeholders.

The Administrative Assistant will provide comprehensive support to the organization, implement operations and financial systems, and provide assistance to the Executive Director and other senior leaders.

Read the full job descriptions.