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Other International Harmonization Initiatives

Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative

Launched in July 2010, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative Exit ENERGY STAR, is a multi- government global market transformation initiative that seeks to �pull� super-efficient appliances and equipment into the market by cooperating on measures such as manufacturer incentives and to �push� the most inefficient equipment out of the market by bolstering national minimum efficiency standards. As the leading voluntary label for efficiency in the US, the ENERGY STAR program is active in individual product workgroups, including televisions and lighting � two globally traded products that together account for about 15 percent of household electricity use. EPA is also engaged in recognition program being developed as well as the policy toolkit activities.

International Energy Agency (IEA) � Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E)

In 2009, the International Energy Agency (IEA) Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E) program Exit ENERGY STAR began its work on international harmonization of energy efficiency programs. The 4E Implementing Agreement specifically focuses on electrical end-use equipment. Industrial, commercial, and consumer equipment is included within the program scope. The objectives of the 4E Implementing Agreement is to promote the harmonization of international efforts to promote adoption of government policies to encourage the use of efficient electrical end-use equipment. EPA is currently engaged in its Mapping and Benchmarking annex Exit ENERGY STAR whose goal is to provide practical tools and opportunities to share information on metrics, market, development targets, and benchmark performance standards and policy instruments.

The US and the People’s Republic of China Agree to Promote Harmonization of Efficiency Standards

China has announced a goal of reducing energy intensity 20 percent by 2010. In support of this goal, EPA and the China Standard Certification Center (CSC) Exit ENERGY STAR have agreed to begin voluntary work toward harmonizing energy-efficiency standards for a variety of products, including consumer electronics and office equipment.

EPA Press Release

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