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Energy access & efficiency

United for Efficiency

Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency of appliances and equipment by 2030

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The overall objective of the project is to mitigate climate change 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:

1.1 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.

2.1 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.

3.1 Commitment is gained from key 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)

4.1 National and rergional initiatives are supported/developed and implemented to transform markets for the deployment of energy efficient appliances and products.

Roadmap and work plan

The current workplan is divided between the U4E Center of Excellence work, and the national and regional implementation of the policy framework.

The U4E Center of Excellence plans to engage with 8 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, GHG, 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 GEF projects receiving support from the U4E center of excellence; to support the regional harmonization in three regions (West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America); to support CTCN projects providing technical assistance in Jordan, Tunisia and Dominican Republic.


U4E began activities to form a consensus on best practice policy recommendations for energy efficient appliances and equipment. To form the consensus the project identified the experts for four expert taskforces (refrigerators, air conditioners, distribution transformers and electric motors). The initiative held two meetings for both air conditioners and refrigerators. The meetings brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including from international organizations, manufacturers, technical initiatives, academic institutions and national/regional organizations. The project will hold Expert Taskforces on Motors and Transformers in the beginning of FY2017.

The project also developed country assessments for 96 countries on 5 products (lighting, refrigerators, air conditioners, electric motors, and distribution transformers) showing the financial, environmental, and savings, alongside the status of policies. The country assessments were completed with in-kind co-financing (for example review of model and market intelligence) from private sector partners, ICA, NRDC, and CLASP.

U4E also accelerated its outreach activities to build partnerships with countries and manufacturers. U4E launched its website and the project also developed its logo and branding. The project was present in nearly 20 outreach events, including 3 events during COP21 to highlight the importance of energy efficiency in lighting, appliances, and equipment. Additionally, 19 countries signed up to partner with the initiative and Whirlpool became the 6th manufacturer to join the partnership. The project is actively engaging with additional manufacturing to support the initiative.

Also the project has made progress in supporting countries to leapfrog to LED lighting in order to increase the ambition of the en.lighten initiative. U4E hosted two Expert Taskforce meetings to agree on the policy recommendations for LEDs, lighting controls, and also to develop recommendations on the development of financial mechanisms.

The en.lighten initiative has been completed in 2015. As lighting is a key product of the SE4All actions scope, the lighting component is now under United for Efficiency (U4E). A policy guide on energy-efficient lighting has been developed and country assessments for 150 countries have been uploaded. Furthermore, a few national project on energy-efficient lighting will be implemented under the next phase of the United for Efficiency initiative.

Quantitative Impact


No adaptation progress are expected for these initiatives.


The United for Efficiency initiative has just started and the implementation at country and regional level is still small to be considered for a state change analysis. Anyway, the 150 country assessments completed show the lower emissions by 1.25 billion tonnes of CO2 per year as one of the impact of the action.
Differently, for the en.lighten initiative relevant evidences have been measured:
• Incandescent & Halogen are the least efficient light sources, and have decreased from 13.5 billion in the installed stock of 2010 to 10.0 billion in 2015.
• CFLs have nearly doubled, from 7.7 billion in 2010 to 14.4 billion in 2015.
• Linear fluorescent lamp stock has increased slightly - and is around 11.0 billion lamps in 2015.
• LED lamps have had explosive growth in the stock, nearly 2000% going from 0.13 billion in 2010 to 2.4 billion in 2015.
• HID lamps have increased, going from 0.8 billion in 2010 to 1.0 billion in 2015.
• The total installed stock of lamps decreased from 33 billion in 2010 to 29 billion in 2015.
Globally, switching the market to energy-efficient lighting would reduce CO2 emissions by 580 million tonnes every year.




Jonathan Duwyn, UNEP Paris, 1, rue Miollis, Building VII, 75015, Paris, France

+33 1 44 37 19 86

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