Dear Colleague,
We are writing to update you on the G20 initiative on Networked Devices, which is being progressed jointly by governments and industry under the Connected Devices Alliance (CDA)*.
Recently G20 Energy Ministers and Leaders have agreed to further support the work of the CDA, in recognition of the achievements made in 2015.

As a result, we look forward to raising issues relevant to Networked Devices in 2016 for the attention of G20 governments under the Presidency of China.

To do this, we need your expertise and continued support for the CDA in implementing our ongoing projects (listed below) and planning future activities at our next workshop in May. 

Please feel free to circulate this message to others that you believe should also be involved in this important work.

Yours sincerely,


Mike Walker, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, CDA co-chair
Sam Thomas, International Energy Agency, CDA co-chair
In 2015, the CDA has developed the following key projects
  • Targets: Develop appropriate network standby targets for different categories of end-user products to encourage improved efficiency and global harmonisation.
  • Principles for Energy Efficiency in Digital Devices: Promote the adoption of the agreed principles by device manufacturers, authors of technical standards/protocols and policy makers.
  • Centre of Excellence: Populate and promote the online “Connected Devices By Design” site ( 
  • Awards: Launch recognition awards through the SEAD ‘Global Efficiency Medal’.
  • Energy Aware Devices: Encourage appliances and equipment to become ‘smarter’, such that they provide or display real time information on their energy consumption.
  • Protocols and Standards: Accelerate technical protocols and standards that enhance the efficiency of networked devices through identifying the technical gaps, adoption of principles by standards developers, network architects and authors of technical standards/protocols, and awards for these organisations.
  • Intelligent Efficiency: Stimulate the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to improve energy management by disseminating information through the Centre of Excellence, developing measurement methodologies and identifying supportive government policy options.
Participate in the Plenary Workshop at the IEA in Paris on the 19 & 20 May 2016.
  • This event will provide an opportunity for discussion of the CDA’s current progress and future activities.
  • Participation is by invitation and the number of attendees will be limited.
Join one of the CDA Working Groups 
Working Groups provide the opportunity for experts to undertake detailed work on the implementation of each project. New working Groups are being formed for the following 3 projects. Meetings are held by teleconference as needed.
  • Development of network standby targets for different categories of end-user products.
  • Dissemination of the ‘Principles for Energy Efficiency in Digital Devices’.
  • Methodologies for measuring the benefits of Intelligent Efficiency.
The Connected Devices Alliance (CDA) is an umbrella organisation comprising industry and government representatives that recognise the need to take globally co-ordinated action to:
  • Realise a world where devices and networks optimise energy management while delivering increased energy productivity across all sectors.
  • Maximise network-enabled energy savings and minimise the energy consumption from all networks and networked devices.
The CDA is jointly led by the UK Department of the Energy and Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. Organisations may participate in the CDA without obligation, as there is no formal membership of the CDA.

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