IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E)


Name of initiative International Energy Agencys Efficient Electrical End use Equipment initiative IAEs 4E
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address
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Starting year 2008
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Secretariat International Energy Agency

Energy Technology Collaboration Division 9, rue de la Fédération, Paris CEDEX 15, France

David Morgado, e-mail:

Organisational structure The 4E Executive Committee (ExCo) is responsible for managing and leading the work of the Implementing Agreements, organising meetings and workshops, participating in international co-operation, collecting information and disseminating knowledge, best practice and innovative policies reagarding energy efficient end-use technology.

The Executive Committee elects a chair and one or more vice chairs for a period of two years. The chair and vice chairs can be re-elected. Each contracting party (member country) appoints representatives that participate in ExCo meetings. The ExCo appoints an Operating Agent to provide secretariat services and other functions on behalf of the ExCo. Research projects are established in the form of Implementing Agreement Annexes or Projects. An Operating Agent is appointed for each of the Annexes. Current Annexes include: Electric Motor Systems (EMSA) Solid State Lighting (SSL) Electronic Devices and Networks (EDNA) 4E also undertakes a range of other projects including International Benchmarking for appliances and equipment.

Geographical coverage Asia and the Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America
Name of lead organisation IEA
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description IEA 4E is comprised by twelve countries from the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America that have joined together to share information and transfer experience in order to support good policy development in the field of energy efficient appliances and equipment.

They recognise the huge benefits for energy security, economic development and greenhouse gas abatement from maximising the use of energy efficiency to meet future energy demand. 4E focuses on appliances and equipment since this is one of the largest and most rapidly expanding areas of energy consumption. With the growth in global trade in these products, 4E members find that pooling expertise is not only an efficient use of available funds, but results in outcomes that are far more comprehensive and authoritative. It also initiates projects designed to meet the policy needs of participants, enabling better informed policy making.

Objectives The Programme to be carried out shall consist of international efforts to promote government actions that encourage the use of energy efficient end-use equipment and systems. The Implementing Agreement provides a forum for member country delegates and invited stakeholders to:

-Collect and analyse information, share expertise and pool resources on energy efficient end-use equipment systems; - Coordinate internationally acceptable approaches that promote energy efficient end-use equipment and systems; and - Develop greater understanding of policies and practices in the field of energy efficient end-use equipment and systems.

Activities 4E Projects:

Electric Motor Systems, International Mapping and Benchmarking, Solid State Lighting, Standby Power, Electronic Devices & Network, Connected Devices and Networks. Benchmarking enables governments to compare the performance of appliances and equipment in different regions, and better understand the potential for improvement. This is a key activity of 4E.

Monitoring Verification and Enforcement Workshop: This international three day Conference, held in London in September 2010 brought together public and private sector stakeholders to share experiences in the design and operation of their compliance activities.

Smart Metering Infrastructure: This research program considered the energy efficiency implications of Non-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring (NIALM) and Smart Metering Consumption (SMC), and explored the potential for further 4E involvement in these areas. The SMC work is now being continued as a task within the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA).

Technology Forcing Standards for Energy Efficiency: This report provides examples of where technology forcing standards have been applied and their impact, and how they compare to other policy interventions. It goes on to examine the potential for this type of policy measure to stimulate energy efficiency in appliances and equipment at a greater pace than is being achieved by most current national policy approaches.

Policy Driven Innovation (PDI): This project seeks to show high-level government officials how ambitious energy productivity goals can be achieved through internationally coordinated efficiency levels and longer-term performance targets for appliances and equipment. This approach could provide increased regulatory certainty for industry and encourage the market entrance of new efficient technologies.

Engagement with International Standardisation Organisations: Internationally-accepted product definitions, test methods, efficiency metrics, and performance classes often make it easier and faster for national governments to implement effective energy efficiency policies. When these national policies are based on international standards, manufacturers benefit as the costs of complying with disparate policies and certification requirements are reduced; consumers benefit from lower product costs and accelerated innovation; regulators benefit from enhanced transparency and clarity across economies and lower administrative costs, and economies benefit from reduced barriers to trade.

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Norms and standard setting
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Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Workshops and meetings for exchanging the knowledge
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Available reporting 2019 annual report available at:


Participants Number Names
Members 12  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 12 Austria,  Australia,  Canada,  Denmark,  France,  Japan,  Korea,  Netherlands,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  United Kingdom,  USA.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 7 September 2020 13:53:33

Not only have national states as participators