The website of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative

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The website of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative.

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial is a voluntary multinational collaboration whose primary objective is to advance global market transformation for energy efficient products. With SEAD, participating governments have access to the resources and technical expertise needed to build and implement cost-effective product efficiency standards and labels and market transformation programs.

SEAD participating governments are working together to develop common technical foundations that will enable faster and easier adoption of cost-effective product efficiency policies and programs. The Initiative’s broader market transformation efforts include collaborative work on awards, procurement, and incentives programs in an effort to further enhance global markets for highly efficient products. This site, still in active development, aims to serve as an online hub for appliance efficiency policy, connecting experts and policymakers with technical resources and each other.

For more information, read more About Us or download the informational brochure here.

SEAD GEM web logoSEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for Flat-Panel Televisions

The fifth Global Efficiency Medal competition will recognize and award the most energy-efficient flat-panel TVs around the world. Televisions account for 3 to 4 percent of global residential electricity consumption. Because consumers tend to replace their TVs every 10 years, most of the electricity that will be consumed by TVs in the year 2030 will be from units that have yet to be purchased. This presents a great opportunity to cost-effectively save electricity by encouraging consumers to consider more energy-efficient models when purchasing their next television.

Assessment of SEAD Global Efficiency Medals for TVs

The first SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition recognized Samsung and LG for producing the world's most energy efficient televisions. This global competition encourages the production and sale of super-efficient televisions by identifying the most efficient products in three different size categories and four geographical regions. SEAD Global Award winners are 33-44% more efficient than TVs with similar technology.

SEAD recently released a report analyzing the outcomes and accomplishments of the Global Efficiency Medal Competition for televisions. The report details the efficiency of winning products, manufacturers' efforts at improving efficiency, energy savings potential and cost effectiveness of winning televisions, and test lab capacity building. Click here to download the report.

LED Street LightSEAD Street Lighting Evaluation Tool

The SEAD Street Lighting Tool is a free, easy-to-use tool for evaluating street light performance and costs in street lighting upgrades and retrofits. The tool makes it faster and easier to evaluate light quality, energy use, and costs for the most common road layouts. The tool’s simple step-by-step approach makes the evaluation process less expensive and easier for first time users. By analyzing many fixtures at once, it can improve upon manual life-cycle cost evaluation methods and better identify the fixtures that are able to save the most energy.

For more information, please visit the SEAD Street Lighting Tool webpage where you can view an introductory video, download the instructional webinar, and access the white paper, which provides an overview of the tool, its applications, and step-by-step user instructions.   

  • Activities

    SEAD participants are working together in voluntary activities to: "raise the efficiency ceiling" by pulling super-efficient products into the market through measures like incentives, procurement, and awards; "raise the efficiency floor" by bolstering regional efficiency standards and labels; and "strengthen the foundations" of efficiency programs through coordinated technical analysis.

  • Products

    SEAD participants have launched international technical and policy collaborations focused on six product categories -- commercial refrigeration, computers, distribution transformers, solid-state lighting, motors, and televisions -- and one energy use mode, network standby.

  • Regions

    SEAD member governments include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These economies are responsible for about one half of global energy demand.

  • Resources

    The SEAD resource library serves as a central repository for users to access all products, such as technical analyses and energy cost calculators, produced by the SEAD working groups. Additional resources related to energy efficiency standards and labels, such as news articles and recently published studies, are also posted to the resource library.



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