Since the 1970’s, national energy efficiency standards and labeling (EESL) programs have been put in place to help reduce the world’s increasing energy appetite and corresponding CO2 emissions production. Today, EESL programs operate in 80+ countries and cover over 50 types of appliances and equipment.
A new report published by the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E) group provides a global assessment of the achievements of major EESL programs. Data from over 100 reports and more than 20 countries was used.
Some conclusions from the study, Achievements of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Programs, include:
- EESL programs are estimated to be reducing energy consumption by up to 20% in the US, China and Europe
- National benefits outweighed additional related costs by 3 to 1 in all of the programs reviewed
- In countries with EESL programs, major appliance efficiency has increased more than three times the underlying rate of technology improvement, with little long-term impact on appliance price trends
- EESL programs have successfully fostered innovation, expanded markets, and enhanced employment in the US and Europe