Countries in the Americas represent 14% of the global population, but 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Prioritizing energy efficiency in the Americas
Four countries in the Americas are among the world’s top-20 carbon-emitting economies in the appliances sector, and several others are positioned to join in the coming years. Electricity consumption across North, South, and Central America has collectively risen almost 50% in the last decade with associated emissions coming from primarily fossil fuel sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Despite a growing capacity of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency policies remain necessary to address energy security, improve quality of life, and meet climate goals. CLASP works alongside policymakers, utility companies, and industry in the Americas to support stringent energy performance policies and informative appliance labels.
CLASP PROVIDES SUPPORT IN THESE COUNTRIES
In Brazil, a strong energy efficiency framework can contribute significantly to emissions reduction targets while reducing the need for fossil fuel-based electricity generation.
91% of Brazilian consumers recognize the national energy label, a majority of which stated they would pay more for a labeled product.
Brazil, the eighth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the appliances sector, has prioritized energy efficiency as a solution to dwindling hydropower capacity. CLASP works alongside government agencies, utility companies, industry and other local partners to inform energy efficiency policy for key technologies. Our support has played a critical role in impactful policy revisions for air conditioners and refrigerators, in addition to the sharing of best practices in efficiency policy development.
Best Practices in AC Efficiency Policy: Experiences from Brazil, China and India
Global demand for cooling is rising and governments face challenges in managing higher electricity demand and climate impacts. Policymakers from Brazil, China, and India joined CLASP for a panel event to share insights from their experiences implementing AC efficiency policy.
CLASP Americas Related Research Publications
3H Hybrid Heat Homes: An Incentive Program to Electrify Space Heating and Reduce Energy Bills in American Homes
This report proposes a low-barrier, least-cost policy package to rapidly deploy efficient space heating and cooling solutions in the United States. It aims to “raise the floor” for electric space heating in the residential HVAC market, delivering 45 million new installations over 10 years and paving the way for more ambitious decarbonization efforts.
Revising the Brazilian Labeling Program for Refrigerators: Lessons from the European Union and Thailand
Brazil's INMETRO is currently considering modifications to the National Label for Energy Conservation (ENCE) for refrigerators. CLASP studies the experiences of the European Union (EU) and Thailand in including additional labeling categories and provides key insights.
In-depth Assessment of Water Efficiency Opportunities in Brazil
In the In-Depth Assessment of Water Efficiency Opportunities in Brazil report, CLASP investigated the viability of introducing water efficiency policies in Brazil that could conserve natural resources and address the climate crisis.