SEAD Initiative Highlighted In U.S. Climate Action Plan
The Climate Action Plan released by U.S. President Barack Obama features a concerted effort to cut energy waste in homes, businesses, and factories. SEAD contributes on a global scale by bringing together like-minded governments to quickly and cost-effectively create policies that will reduce energy waste from equipment and appliances.
As the President’s plan notes, SEAD is helping accelerate the global adoption of standards and practices for appliances and equipment that could reduce annual electricity demand by the equivalent of 650 mid‐sized coal-fired power plants by 2030. The initiative is doing this by sharing research, knowledge, and tools for effective policymaking, and implementing awards, procurement, and incentive programs to bring more efficient products into the market and reduce their costs.
Through SEAD, the United States and other participating governments have shared knowledge and best practices that have already resulted in 13 standards or policies that directly advance the energy efficiency of lighting, televisions, and ceiling fans. For example, through SEAD support and technical analysis, India become the first country in the world to comprehensively regulate the performance, safety, and quality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and Korea revised its highest level label for television efficiency to be among the world’s most stringent.
Since the launch of SEAD in 2010, the governments participating in this initiative have implemented, issued, or begun development of energy efficiency requirements that are sufficient to achieve electricity savings equivalent to 200 mid-sized plants. To accelerate the pace of progress, SEAD is examining other avenues for large energy savings and emissions reduction potential. For example, SEAD is developing a strategy to address the rapidly growing electricity demand from room air conditioners where the adoption of both cost-effective and more energy efficient technology could reduce annual electricity demand by the equivalent of 64 mid-sized power plants by 2020.