4E newsletter: international co-ordination
of policies for efficient equipment
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Alarmingly, the growth of connected devices in homes and offices will lead to a doubling of consumption by 2025 unless action is taken quickly.  These findings are amongst many contained in a new publication from the IEA in collaboration with 4E that was launched on 2 July 2014.   

More Data, Less Energy highlights the opportunity to reduce the energy demand of network-enabled devices by up to 65% through a range of policies co-ordinated globally by organisations such as 4E.

4E’s latest Annex targets electronic devices and networks, bringing countries together to explore policy responses to the global issues highlighted in More Data, Less Energy.  
 
“Network connected devices can be controlled and this offers enormous opportunities for energy efficiency” says EDNA’s chair Hans-Paul Siderius, “and we need to encourage the next generation of such devices to use electricity as efficiently as possible.
 
“Given the explosion in consumer electronics, it makes sense for individual economies to share ideas and resources under EDNA and develop internationally co-ordinated policies.”  
Scope for further savings
in distribution transformers and dishwashers

The efficiency of distribution transformers in Australia, India, the Republic of Korea, and the USA vary considerably although most markets have access to better performing products.
 
Meanwhile, the energy consumption of dishwashers has fallen in all regions by an average of 1.9% each year since 1996. However, dishwashers in Canada and the USA typically use over 40% more energy than those in other markets
 
These are some of the highlights from two new international benchmarking reports available from 4E.
Designing efficient
motor systems


More than 1,400 copies of 4E EMSA’s design tool for efficient motor systems have been downloaded by users from a wide range of countries including Brazil, Germany, Poland and India.  
 
“If you are interested in the optimisation of motor systems, the EMSA Motor Systems tool is still the only one available for assessing system efficiency that is truly manufacturer-independent,”
  says its designer, Sandie Nielsen from Denmark. 
 
The motor system tool has recently been updated and is available free of charge.
The lowdown on labs for testing LED lights
A report on the largest ever examination of LED lighting testing proficiency in 18 countries has concluded that many laboratories are able to  provide accurate results but there are several key areas where laboratories need to improve if they are provide effective support to national and regional quality assurance programs. 
 
A total of 110 laboratories were included in the program, with a key part of the 4E Solid State Lighting Annex’s work to help governments ensure that new lamp technologies are beneficial to consumers. 
 
“New lighting technologies, such as LEDs, offer great potential for energy savings” said Dr Peter Bennich, chair of the SSL Annex, “but this will be threatened if poor products are allowed to enter the market and consumers lose confidence.  Our interlaboratory comparison program aims to help build test capacity globally so that we can accurately identify how these new lamps perform”.
2013: a bumper year for 4E

4E published a total of 85 documents in 2013, and held 23 workshops, conferences or specialist meetings of policy makers and scientific experts held in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific.
 
These achievements are just some of the many catalogued in the 2103 Annual Report, as noted by 4E’s chair, Dr Mike Walker:
 
“It has been noticeable during 2013 that not only are governments using 4E to develop smarter policies, but 4E work is now used by standardization bodies and industry figures.”
Appliances Standards and Labels around the globe

Standard & Labelling (S&L) policies for appliances have increased threefold since 2004, according to a new report supported by 4E. 81 countries now have national S&L programs, up from 50 in 2004. Not only are these programs growing in popularity, but their coverage now extends to a total of 55 product types.
 
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