Minimum energy performance standards – or MEPS – are government policies that set criteria on how products should perform. Extremely cost-effective, MEPS for appliances, equipment, and lighting products are essential tools for delivering on any country’s energy policy or climate change mitigation agenda. MEPS can be voluntary or mandatory for manufacturers. Some economies aren’t prepared for swift and strict regulations, so policymakers put voluntary policies in place to prime consumers, retailers, manufacturers and other market stakeholders.
Quality standards similarly set a minimum standard of product quality – e.g. minimum run-time on solar-powered lanterns or maximum permitted fuel emissions for cookstoves. National governments have begun to implement these requirements as policies in recent years. Additionally, some international bodies, like the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program, work with stakeholder groups to set de facto quality standards and then verify product performance. Buyers across the market, from solar-home system distributors to international aid agencies, give preference to quality-verified products.
CLASP partners with policymakers, consumer interest groups, technical and market experts, and others to design and help implement energy efficiency and quality standards.
We help determine which markets and products would yield the most benefit from performance standards, based on market penetration of products, consumer usage patterns, energy consumption, CO2 emissions reduction potential, and other factors. CLASP convenes stakeholders, drafts standards levels, and measures and projects outcomes of specific policies. We also work with stakeholder coalitions to encourage harmonization of standards regionally or internationally, when doing so would reduce costs and resource investments and facilitate trade of high-quality products.
Since 1999, CLASP has worked in nearly 100 countries helping set and promote energy, performance, and quality standards.