UNEP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) revealed plans to launch a new global product efficiency programme at the recent Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York and GEF Assembly in Cancun, Mexico. Building on the successful en.lighten model and with leadership of the GEF, UNEP and its partners at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Collaborative "Labelling and Standards Programme (CLASP), the International Copper Association (ICA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched a new global partnership to mobilize the transition to energy efficient appliances and equipment at two key international events.
The recent Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum held in New York City, from 4 – 6 June brought together high-level participants from around the world to confirm their commitment to support the initiative and its targets of providing modern energy access, doubling the rate of energy efficiency and doubling the share of global renewable energy by 2030.
At the Forum, UNEP and its partners, held a side event entitled “Launching a global platform to accelerate the transition to efficient appliances and equipment to help meet the SE4ALL energy efficiency goal.” This event highlighted the goal of doubling of the global rate of improvement of energy efficiency launched as part of SE4ALL by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2011.
UNEP, UNDP, CLASP and the ICA also participated at the fifth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly which was held from 28-29 May in Cancun, Mexico. The Assembly highlighted and discussed GEF2020 Strategy and the mission and vision to guide the GEF going forward. The Assembly consists of plenary sessions and high-level roundtables, exhibits and sides events. UNEP was present at the Assembly and held a side-event entitled “Low-Hanging Fruit: How Promoting Efficient Lighting and Appliances Saves Money and Reduces Emissions.”
Accelerating the use of efficient lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, distribution transformers and information technology is critical for improving energy efficiency globally. Together, these six product groups are expected to account for 60% of global electricity use in 2030. Shifting global markets to efficient appliances and equipment will reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10%, save 350 billion US$ on electricity bills and save 1.25 billion tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the emissions from 500 million vehicles, every year.
This collaborative initiative will facilitate the adoption of policies for efficient appliances and equipment and will offer tailored assistance to developing countries and emerging economies to help them implement successful market transformation strategies.