World’s Best MEPS: Identifying Top Energy Efficiency Standards for Priority Appliances

This report compares the stringency of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) requirements for the six highest-emitting appliance categories across ten of the world’s highest carbon emitting economies.

Shirin Mavandad, Matt Malinowski

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Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for appliances and equipment play a critical role in meeting ambitious international climate goals. By adopting updated MEPS aligned with international targets and best practice, governments can deliver further energy and cost savings to consumers and take action to curb the worst impacts of climate change.

CLASP evaluated the stringency of MEPS requirements for six major appliance categories—lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, water heating, and space heating—across ten of the world’s highest greenhouse gas-emitting economies—Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This report identifies economies with the most ambitious MEPS, and highlights opportunities for further policy intervention across all economies. The analysis will be updated periodically, with updated data available on the World’s Best MEPS tool page. 

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