United for Efficiency


Name of initiative United for Efficiency
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address http://united4efficiency.org/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2009
End year
Secretariat Project Manager Paul Kellett (UN Environment Economy Division)

Tel.: +33 1 44 37 42 57 Email: paul.kellett@unenvironment.org or u4e@unep.org

Organisational structure Global Coordination Team hosted by the UN Environment Economy Division.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UN Environment, Global Environment Fund, United Nations Development Programme, International Copper Association, CLASP, Natural Resources Defence Council
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description UN Environment’s United for Efficiency (U4E) Initiative partners with countries to help them save up to 20 percent of their electricity consumption by accelerating the switch to energy-efficient lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors and transformers. U4E’s comprehensive full market transformation approach addresses widespread electricity wastage, associated pollution and greenhouse gases, unlocks capacity and financing, and saves consumers and businesses money while improving their quality of life. U4E receives funding from the Global Environmental Facility and KCEP- Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme. The Partnership works with a network of private and technical institutions and governments in over 150 countries around the world. United for Efficiency partners with over 60 institutions including Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy), Global Efficient Lighting Centre, Carbon Trust, Natural Resources Defense Council, CLASP, GIZ, IIEC, TOP TEN, ASHRAE, ECREEE, EACREEE, RCREEE, Global Climate Partnership Fund, China National Institute of Standardization, International Copper Association, International Energy Agency, Danish Technical University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ABB, Arҫelik, B/S/H/, Electrolux, GREE, Mabe, OSRAM, Sanhua Holding Group, Signify and Whirlpool.
Objectives The project's overall objective is to mitigate climate change. This is achieved by reducing the growth of global electricity consumption through the creation of a global partnership accelerating markets for highly efficient electrical appliances and equipment.

The expected outcomes from the project are:

1. Global consensus is reached by expert taskforces on the policy and strategy framework options for the deployment of energy-efficient lighting (LEDs in household, commercial, industrial and outdoor lighting applications), refrigerators, air conditioners, motors and transformers; and related policy guidance and toolkits are developed for the countries.

2. Developing and emerging country decision-makers have increased awareness of the benefits (economic, financial and climate) of adopting enabling polices to foster the transition to more energy-efficient products; and 150 country assessments are developed showing the savings and current policy status for each of the five products targeted under United for Efficiency.

3. Commitment is gained from relevant private sector partners and political leaders on energy efficiency of appliances, equipment, and lighting (to support implementation of this project and other projects on improving appliances and equipment efficiency)

4. National and regional stratagic market transfromation initiatives are supported/developed and implemented to transform markets for the deployment of energy-efficient appliances and products.

The current workplan is divided between the United for Efficiency Center of Excellence work, and the national and regional implementation of the policy framework across more than 40 countries.

The United for Efficiency Center of Excellence plans to engage with eight manufacturers supporting with in-kind co-financing: to engage with technical organisations to develop best practice policy recommendations; conduct 150 country assessments showing the savings potential (financial, greenhouse gas emissions, electricity) of energy-efficient products; conduct 150 country assessments showing the benefits of energy-efficient off-grid lighting; create step-by-step guides and tools available to countries; carry out in-person and remote training.

In terms of national and regional policy framework implementation, the workplan is to continue working with 5 ongoing and 11 planned national Global Environment Facility projects receiving support from the United for Efficiency Center of Excellence; to support the regional harmonisation in three regions (West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America); to support Climate Technology Centre and Network projects providing technical assistance in Dominican Republic, Jordan and Tunisia.

Activities United for Efficiency uses an Integrated Policy Approach to accelerate adoption of energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. U4E provides the tools, guidance and tailored technical and policy support that countries need to sustainably transition to energy-efficient products, enabling them to reap large-scale economic and environmental benefits. By partnering with governments, civil society, industry, financial institutions, and technical experts, U4E accelerates market transformation and helps ensure it endures.
One or two success stories achieved Please take a look at the success story video at our main page on the LED lighting market transformation project with the Government of Chile, which is now concluding after three years.

Savings for Chile are 33% of lighting electricity consumption and $ 500 Million per year ($ 4.5 Billion to 2030) in the process (along with 10 million tonnes of CO2 saved, 1 million per year).

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Implementation, Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Goal setting (ex-ante), Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Policy planning and recommendations, Technical operational implementation (ex-post)
Indicators "Market Transformation Implementation, Capacity building, Technical dialogue, Political dialogue" is not in the list of possible values (Political dialogue, Technical dialogue, Implementation, Capacity building, Only a declaration, Funding) for this property.
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Total Mitigation
Value (MtCO2e/yr)1250
Goals Support 75 developing countries and emerging economies to switch their markets to energy-efficient products to save 20% of their electricity consumption and save the equivalent energy and associated emissions output of 500 large (1 GW) coal fired power stations by 2040. Economic savings by 2030 are more than $350 Billion.
Comments on indicators and goals Strategic Market Transformation Programme including Technology Procurement of High Efficiency Lighting and Applicances.
How will goals be achieved Through the permanent shift in markets to higher efficiency electrical products and services via a combination of energy efficiency strategies focused on Market measures including the regional and national adoption of Sustainable and Effective Policies and Programmes for energy efficient lighting and appliances adopted by developing and emerging economies over the full range of products that consume more than half of all electricity.
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals Expanded the number of countries and regions participating under the programme as well as including all the largest global lighting, appliance and equipment manufacturers in the United for Efficiency Initative such as GREE and Sanhua Holdings of China who make the majority of the world's cooling appliances or components.
Progress towards the goals 66 Partner Countries, 40 in-country strategic lighting and appliance projects, $ 27.5 Billion in annual enconomic savings and 140 Million Tonnes CO2 savings by 2030 secured.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative United for Efficiency is tracking progress on energy efficiency policies for the five target products as well as on the market situation (progress in terms of sales for efficient technologies) with the support from its manufacturing partners. The baseline is established with the United for Efficiency country assessments. The tracking strategy of the initiative includes the formal GEF tracking and evaluations of the global, regional and national projects as well as expanding the partnership to new manufacturers and experts to obtain a full global picture of the progress on a regularly updated basis; and keep them involved in the technical discussion establishing taskforces on specific products, including for global model regulation guidelines. The country assessment analysis provides a picture on the increment of energy-efficient product stocks as well as a projection on potential future savings to 2030 and 2040 with best minimum energy performance standards.
Available reporting Technical reports as well as country and policy assessment for 150 developing countries and emerging economies are available on our website.

GEF Evaluations of the Global Programme and National projects. More documents and country and policy assessments can be found on the en.lighten initiative website available at http://www.enlighten-initiative.org/


Participants Number Names
Members 36  
Companies 11 ABB (Sweden),Arçelik (Turkey),BSH Hausgeräte (Germany),Electrolux (Sweden),Mabe (Mexico),OSRAM (Germany),Philips Lighting/Signify (Netherlands),Whirlpool Corporation (USA),Sanhua (China),Gree (USA),Eskom (South Africa).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 2 Danish Technical University (Denmark),  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
Non-governmental organisations 15 Advanced Cooling Challenge (France),  Ambilamp (Spain),  BASE (Switzerland),  Carbon Trust (United Kingdom),  China National Institute of Standardization (China),  Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (Denmark),  Climate Technology Centre & Network (Denmark),  Energy Efficiency Services Limited - EESL (India),  GIZ Proklima (Germany),  Global Lighting Challenge (United Kingdom),  Green Cooling Initiative (Germany),  IIEC (Thailand),  Topten International Group (Switzerland),  China National Institute of Standardization - CNIS (China),  Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (USA).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 2 United Nations Environment Programme (Kenya),  United Nations Development programme (USA)
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 6
Supporting partners 1 Global Environment Facility (USA)
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 11 October 2019 10:11:30

Not only have national states as participators