SEAD Country Technical Work
SEAD is collaborating with various member governments on national policy development and analysis to help raise the ambition and increase the impacts of their appliance energy efficiency programs. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is currently leading these activities on behalf of SEAD in Indonesia, South Africa, and Latin America. As a partner to the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, many of SEAD's activities have been focused on energy efficiency for cooling products.
Together with the Government of Indonesia, Berkeley Lab is developing a national roadmap - the 10GW Energy Efficiency Plan - to determine activities that can help drive key energy efficiency policies and programs. Air conditioners feature prominently in this plan, given their high contribution to peak demand on the national grid. Berkeley Lab have analyzed the impacts of Indonesia's existing cooling policies, finding great potential to increase the ambition of MEPS for air conditioner products. The results of their study, which are under discussion by national stakeholders, can be found in the recently published Baseline Evaluation Report. The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mines continue to work with SEAD and Berkeley Lab to advance the 10GW Energy Efficiency Plan and increase the impacts of their national cooling policies, building on previous SEAD technical assistance and capacity building workshops in the country.
SEAD also provided valuable technical assistance to the Chilean Ministry of Energy in support of their new MEPS for air conditioners. In addition to training local consultants on use of the Policy Analysis Modeling System (PAMS) to produce the technical analysis needed to justify the new MEPS, Berkeley Lab is hosting a Chilean researcher under their visiting scholar program. This exchange will help build national capacity on incentive policies - specifically on financial mechanisms to promote energy efficiency and how international best practices can help shape the Energy Efficiency Law in Chile. The first ever Chilean MEPS for air conditioners was launched in February 2018. In November 2018, all air conditioners will have to meet the "B" level, and from November 2019 the "A" level will become the mandatory requirement. Additionally, Berkeley Lab analyzed impacts of Argentina's Ministry of Energy and Mining's air conditioner standards using PAMS.
SEAD has also been providing technical support across broader programs. Berkeley Lab have worked with the South African Department of Energy to estimate energy savings and other benefits, such as GHG mitigation, pollutant emissions reductions, and water savings from its new energy efficiency S&L program. Likewise, Berkeley Lab is evaluating impacts of Mexican appliance energy efficiency policies, with support from the Mexican National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energy (INEEL) and CONUEE, to identify where and how their policies can be further strengthened.
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