New Collection Details Strengthened Policy Compliance Efforts in ASEAN Region
In Southeast Asia, regional electricity consumption is accelerating at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world and is anticipated to double by 2040. As average temperatures continue to rise, air conditioning (AC) can account for up to 60% of electricity demand in the hottest climates. Southeast Asian countries are subsequently mobilizing to implement more secure and sustainable energy policies as a way to manage AC demand and mitigate the most harmful consequences.
Regionally aligned minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for ACs have the potential to produce meaningful impacts, from reduced peak demand and power grid stability to reduced carbon emissions and consumer energy costs, but only if implemented properly. Strategic policy compliance efforts ensure the integrity of adopted policies by confirming that ACs actually conform to the necessary requirements, thereby eliminating sub-standard products from the market. Ambitious policy compliance guarantees that products meet consumer expectations, provides a fair and competitive market for industry, and ensures governments can achieve their energy-related goals.
CLASP, with support from the US Department of State under the Asia EDGE Initiative, began collaborating with policymakers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2016 to build regional and national capacity for the implementation of ambitious AC energy efficiency policies. The collaboration, which recently came to completion, saw strengthened capacity for regional market surveillance and product performance verification testing through CLASP-led workshops, exercises, and trainings.
The ‘Strengthening Energy Efficiency & Policy Compliance in Southeast Asia’ collection details key aspects of the collaboration, including the Market Surveillance for Air Conditioners: Voluntary Guidelines for ASEAN Member States and the Reliable Testing Capacity in Southeast Asia reports, and provides testimonials from key participants on the resulting impacts. Read on to learn more about the five-year effort or download the collection here.