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.
The United States is the second-largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world, but opportunities in appliance efficiency policies and widespread electrification could vastly reduce energy consumption, putting the US on the map as an efficiency leader and raise the bar for similar actions in other major economies.
Upgrading or establishing 50 energy efficiency standards could avoid up to 3 Gt of CO2 emissions cumulatively by 2050
The US has long had the most expansive, well-resourced appliance standards program in the world, covering more than 60 categories of home appliances, commercial equipment, and lighting products.
The Biden Administration is poised to upgrade or establish 50 energy efficiency standards for a wide range of appliances, equipment, and lighting products through 2024 that will save up to 3 Gt CO₂ cumulatively by 2050.
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
U.S. Consumer Attitudes Towards Appliance Efficiency Standards and Purchasing Behaviors by Income, Race, and Homeownership
This Issue Brief serves to inform the US Department of Energy (DOE) and policymakers of the widespread public support for federal appliance energy efficiency standards, and uncover new data on appliance purchasing behaviors.
Farewell to Fluorescent Lighting: How a Phaseout Can Cut Mercury Pollution, Protect the Climate, and Save Money
This study finds that drop-in LED replacement lamps are available for all common linear fluorescent tubes, pin-based compact fluorescent lamps, and specialty applications in the US.
Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting: Unnecessary Health Risks & Actionable Solutions
This report outlines the health risks and environmental impacts of fluorescent lighting, highlights the many compelling advantages of transitioning to LED alternatives, and gives actionable solutions to phase out mercury-added lamps in the United States.
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.