CLASP’s #NetZeroHeroes hit back at the climate crisis with actionable solutions

This November 2023, CLASP will celebrate the people and appliance heroes that are vital for mitigating the climate crisis and promoting equitable resilience; they are the #NetZeroHeroes.

In the lead up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 30 November – 12 December, CLASP is launching #NetZeroHeroes – a celebration of the people and appliance heroes that are critical in reaching global Net Zero targets and promoting resilience in an already warming world.

Appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, and lighting collectively have a major climate impact. They are responsible for a staggering 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally, according to CLASP’s forthcoming report ‘Net Zero Heroes: Scaling Efficient Appliances for Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation & Resilience.’ CLASP’s research shows how rolling out affordable, energy efficient alternatives is key to mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

CLASP's Net Zero Heroes Air Conditioners, Comfort Fans, Refrigerator-Freezers, Heat Pump Space & Water Heaters, Electric Motors, Electric Cookers, Televisions, Solar Water Pumps

Through a series of reports, videos and articles highlighting stories of leadership and expert perspectives from across the sector, #NetZeroHeroes will amplify the urgent and immediate need to deploy efficient appliances at speed and scale to protect people and the planet.

The campaign will culminate in CLASP’s groundbreaking publication, “Net Zero Heroes: Scaling efficient appliances for climate change mitigation, adaptation & resilience” – launching the week before COP28 and available on CLASP’s website.

This research will highlight the transformative potential of efficient appliances by:

  • Quantifying appliances’ ability to achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement;
  • Indicating where we should scale our efforts this decade for maximum impact;
  • Analyzing gaps in access to appliances and recommending where scale-up would better enable communities to adapt in a warming world;
  • Providing a roadmap of solutions that governments, investors and other stakeholders can implement today to get on track to net zero emissions and an inclusive energy transition.

Stay tuned and follow #NetZeroHeroes on social media. This page will serve as a homebase for all campaign materials and will be updated regularly.

If you are interested in getting involved with the campaign, reach out to Lexi Ross at

Explore the Campaign

Net Zero Heroes

CLASP's landmark report identifies the ten appliances that should form the basis of an unprecedented efficiency push: the #NetZeroHeroes.

Efficient appliances combat the triple planetary crisis of climate change, air pollution, and biodiversity loss.

CLASP’s analysis finds that the appliance sector accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions. Appliances are on pace to surpass the IEA’s 2050 net zero targets by over 9 gigatons CO2. At the same time, there are profound inequities in access to appliances, leaving billions vulnerable to the effects of climate change. At least 1.2 billion people lack access to air conditioners and fans, making it difficult to cope as temperatures rise.

The first-of-its-kind report provides a clear roadmap for realizing mitigation and adaptation potential by rapidly increasing the efficiency of the Net Zero Heroes. 

Explore the data, recommendations, and analysis, and download the report on our interactive Net Zero Heroes Report Website.

Appliance Efficiency in NDCs

In the leadup to COP28, this report emphasizes the opportunity for governments to bolster their climate commitments by integrating ambitious appliance efficiency targets into the next round of NDCs.

Appliance efficiency is an important mitigation solution, but it’s often left out of nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) lie at the heart of the Paris Agreement, guiding the actions of governments around the globe. One climate solution that’s often missing from these plans is appliance efficiency, which is critical to lowering global energy demand and emissions. New CLASP analysis reveals that only 47% of NDCs mention appliances, while a mere 25% reference key policies such as Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and appliance labeling. To realize the enormous potential of appliance efficiency, CLASP urges governments to take action.

Read the report

Getting Appliances Back on Track

This report tracks the progress of 15 countries who signed onto the Appliance Efficiency Call to Action in 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow, which pledged to double the energy efficiency of four product categories by 2030.

Air conditioners (ACs), lighting, electric motors, and refrigerators collectively account for more than 40% of global electricity consumption.

“Getting Appliances Back on Track” is the first publication of CLASP’s #NetZeroHeroes COP28 digital campaign. The report offers valuable analysis to economies already committed to prioritizing appliance energy efficiency, and illustrates a path toward success for governments interested in joining as a Call to Action signatory.

Read the report. 

The Global Appliance Stocktake

Director of Climate Research at CLASP and author of the "Getting Appliances Back on Track" report, Matt Malinowski, provides an honest look at where we stand globally with energy efficiency commitments.

Countries are not on track to meet their commitments to double the efficiency of priority appliances.

“In the wake of this year’s alarming UN climate global stocktake, my colleagues at CLASP and I looked back on the Call to Action and wondered: Are countries on track to meet their commitments to double the efficiency of priority appliances? The short answer is no. The long answer is that we are falling behind, but there is a clear path to success.” -Matt Malinowski, Director of Climate Research & author of “Getting Appliances Back on Track”

Read the op-ed.

2023 Tech Trends Series

This series offers up-to-date market insights for off-grid cooling, cooking and agricultural productive-use appliances.

Off-grid refrigeration plays a vital role in a warming world, but new research from Efficiency for Access shows that the sector is struggling.

Building upon the insights presented in Efficiency for Access’ 2021 Solar Appliance Technology Briefs, this Tech Trends series provides a window into the rapidly evolving appliances markets. This series synthesizes technical, impact and market research done by Efficiency for Access and partners into a digestible snapshot.

Read the briefs.


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