SEAD Data Access Project

  • How does the efficiency of products available here compare to those available in other countries?
  • What impacts have the MEPS that took effect last year had on the efficiency and price of available products?
  • Do the products being sold here where we have no S&L program meet the MEPS in other countries?

In the S&L community, these are common questions, but they are difficult to answer. Why? Because the necessary data are spread across disparate sources and exist in many different formats, making it difficult to conduct comprehensive analyses across multiple markets or timeframes. The SEAD Data Access Project was designed to address this problem.

SEAD has developed a global data framework and data standard for appliances. Widespread adoption of this data framework would enable decision makers to monitor markets in real time by connecting pricing, sales, and efficiency trends and facilitate international data sharing via a common data standard. The bottom line: better informed policy decisions.

Learn more about what the global data framework and standard can do and how to implement them:

"Energy Efficiency Data Access Project: Final Report"

October 2013

"The Benefits of Creating a Cross-Country Data Framework for Energy Efficiency"

Produced for the 7th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL), Coimbra, Portugal, 11-13 September 2013

"What analysis can be done with high-resolution product data?"

Presentation by Robert Van Buskirk, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 5 February, 2014

"Recent and Historical Product Energy Efficiency and Life‚Äźcycle Cost Improvement in Swedish Appliance Markets"

A study commissioned by the government of Sweden that uses high-resolution market data to retrospectively analyze impacts of product energy efficiency policy, January 2014


To this point, SEAD has defined data standards for televisions and room air conditioners. Please contact us if you would like to participate in defining global data standards for other products, or would like to learn more about the GDFSA and how you can use it.


Many governments maintain product databases containing information about the certified energy performance of different product models available on the market. Some governments use mobile apps to put these product efficiency data directly into the hands of consumers, helping them make better informed purchasing decisions. 


Policy Exchange Forum. Data access issues were discussed in the context of product databases and mobile apps during the first SEAD Policy Exchange Forum (SPEx) call on 20 November 2014.

International Workshop on 21st Century Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling Programmes. The workshop explored how innovative technologies can be used to improve appliance and equipment energy efficiency programmes and covered approaches that can enhance programme development, improve compliance mechanisms and promote consumer awareness. The workshop included discussions on the SEAD data access project, international experiences with product databases, and data collection.

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