SEAD Partners Meet to Accelerate Global Market Transformation

Aiming to leverage international cooperation to help its partner governments achieve the energy savings potential of appliance and equipment efficiency—which could avoid the need for about 1,300 mid-size power plants globally by 2030—the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative has been pushing forward since the first Clean Energy Ministerial on its goal of transforming the global market for efficient equipment and appliances. High-ranking officials from partner governments met at the SEAD Leadership Council meeting in London in February to review progress.

SEAD’s working groups are addressing a range of levers to drive greater energy efficiency, including cooperation between national standards and labeling programs, international energy efficiency awards, public- and private-sector procurement of super-efficient products and utility and governmental incentive programs. SEAD is also undertaking technical analysis to support these efforts and developing a web portal,, which will launch on 5 April and serve as a global hub for appliance efficiency policy.

SEAD is also working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to put together a series of workshops with the private sector that will consider innovative approaches to advancing super-efficiency. The first of these workshops will take place in Europe in May and will look at ways to replicate a promising recent effort (view fact sheet) to use purchaser power to challenge manufacturers to produce substantially more efficient commercial air conditioners.


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