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Our mission is to serve as the primary resource and voice for appliance, lighting and equipment energy efficiency worldwide.
In the fight against climate change, energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) offer the potential for carbon reduction, consumer savings, cost-effective energy-conservation policy, and greenhouse gas emissions abatement.
CLASP envisions a world in which appliances, equipment and lighting are built for maximum energy efficiency and minimal contribution to global climate change.
CLASP achieves its vision of reducing the environmental impacts of energy-using products through the following actions and channels:
  • We respond to the assistance needs of S&L practitioners in targeted countries and regions.
  • We provide technical assistance to national governments.
  • We engage in capacity building and training of local partners.
  • We assemble project teams from diverse and highly-qualified organizations.
  • We collaborate with policy makers and members of industry alike.
  • We distribute information on S&L best practice.

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Dear Colleagues,

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial has had a busy and impactful year.  

In 2013, SEAD  recognized the world’s most efficient computer monitors and launched the new award competition for electric motors; supported municipalities’ transition to energy efficient street lighting; and facilitated the regional development of S&L in the West African region.

And, through close collaboration with expert partners, SEAD finalized several product and policy analyses – covering topics from improved energy efficiency in ceiling fans to monitoring and evaluating green public procurement programs. 

These analyses are informed by the needs of SEAD member governments and can serve S&L policymakers and practitioners around the world.  Please see the full list of recently launched technical reports below.


Stephen Pantano

SEAD Initiative

Senior Director of Global Programs, CLASP


SEAD Initiative Product & Policy Reports 

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 CLASP, GBPN, and IIP Launch New Partnership to Accelerate Global Energy Efficiency Efforts

Energy efficiency: the fastest, most cost-effective response to the global energy and climate crisis

Energy efficiency of appliances, buildings, and industry offers one-third of the solution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions globally. Making more efficient use of energy—eliminating waste and providing energy services with less—offers the cheapest, fastest route to avoiding harmful emissions, improving energy independence, and enhancing consumer welfare.

EnergyEfficiency 2030 is a global partnership that drives best practices for decision-makers to reduce the energy use of appliances, buildings, and industry, which collectively account for more than two-thirds of the world’s end-use energy consumption.

A joint initiative of the Collaborative Labeling & Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), and the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP), EnergyEfficiency 2030 combines deep technical capacity and global expert networks to enable the smart development and implementation of energy efficiency policies worldwide.


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Transitioning to Mercury-Free Lighting

31 August 2023 | 14:45 – 16:30 CEST

The world is ready to reap the benefits of a mercury-free lighting transition – and we have the evidence and expert insights to prove it. Tune in on August 31 to join the Clean Lighting Coalition, United Nations Environmental Program and Zero Mercury Working Group for a captivating exploration of recent market advancements, economic factors, and national lighting data demonstrating global readiness for a clean lighting transition.

Participants will get an early glimpse into the findings of the Clean Lighting Coalition’s extensive global data collection on LED markets, covering 66 countries, and hear about recent national and regional initiatives from the global LED movement – all in the lead up to the Minamata Convention fifth Conference of the Parties.

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Clean Lighting Transition – Creating a World of Energy Efficient and Mercury-Free Lighting

7 September 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (GMT+ 7)

An equitable movement towards mercury-free lighting is essential in ensuring a just energy transition for all. Join the Clean Lighting Coalition and partners for a critical conversation on policies, initiatives and actions taken from the local to global level to phase-out fluorescent lighting. 

The event features presentations on the health, economic, environment and technology benefits of the accelerated LED transition from government representatives, lighting experts and others leading this global phase-out effort.

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State of the Lightbulb: Saying Farewell to Fluorescents 

4 October 2023 | 3:00 PM EST

The transition to energy-efficient, mercury-free LEDs in the US is gaining momentum as 7 states have adopted pro-LED policies. Join the Appliance Standard Awareness Project (ASAP), National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), Environment America and the Clean Lighting Coalition (CLiC) for valuable insights from clean lighting leaders on the process of securing legislative wins to protect the US market from fluorescents.

Featured speakers include bill sponsors Assemblymember Ash Kalra from California and Representative Nicole Lowen from Hawaii, industry leaders and advocates from across the country.

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The transition to efficient appliances and equipment reached major milestones in 2022. As we bring the year to a close, the CLASP team wishes to express appreciation to our many friends & partners as we look back at all we accomplished together during a challenging year. Thank you and Happy New Year from CLASP!

Check out some of our highlights from 2022.

Heat Pumps Combat Rising Fuel Prices

CLASP & RAP launched an international heat pump policy toolkit at COP27 and published a new report outlining a strategy to kickstart home electrification in the US by swapping traditional ACs to two-way heat pumps.   

New Facility Improves Solar Appliance Affordability

CLASP and Nithio launched a financing facility designed to catalyze private investment in productive use appliance markets across Africa, with support from the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.

Milestones in the Clean Lighting Transition

This year at the Minamata Convention on Mercury COP4, 137 governments agreed to phase-out compact fluorescent lighting by 2025, a move that will avoid 261.5 million metric tonnes CO2 emissions.

Read the case study to learn about how CLASP and nearly 200 partners in over 50 countries supported this decision through the Clean Lighting Coalition. Meanwhile, California and Vermont became the first US states to pass landmark clean lighting bills.

Enhancing Equity in the Solar Appliance Market

A new report from CLASP through Efficiency for Access examined how well solar lighting and appliances are reaching their target populations and assessed inclusion across solar company employment practices and product offerings. More can be done to ensure the benefits of energy access are experienced equitably.

CLASP China Unlocks New Opportunities

With a huge opportunity for mass heat pump deployment, a LED transition that would influence the global lighting market, and a strengthened online labeling system, China is on track to achieve audacious gains in appliance energy efficiency and dramatically reduce CO₂ emissions.

India Cooling Policy Expands Access to ACs

Less than 10% of Indian households have access to air conditioning, leaving over one billion people susceptible to increasingly frequent and intense heatwaves. CLASP is supporting the Indian government to increase access to affordable, efficient ACs and  bolstering cold chain capacity through new policies and the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge.

Appliance Efficiency Widely Supported by US Consumers

A survey by CLASP and Consumer Federation of America found that the majority of the US - regardless of race, gender, or income - is in favor of appliance standards and supports payback periods ranging between three, five, and even ten years. To ensure that all Americans reap the benefits of efficient technologies, the US Department of Energy should meet its legally binding deadlines for updating standards.

Solar Fridges Improve Lives & Livelihoods

Off-grid refrigerators are delivering numerous quality of life benefits, including increased incomes and productivity for microenterprises, according to a multi-year study by 60 Decibels and CLASP through Efficiency for Access.

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Policy compliance, the process by which governments create checkpoints for appliances on the market to ensure they adhere to performance and quality regulations, is a critical component to successful appliance energy efficiency and clean energy access efforts. CLASP developed a new Compliance Toolkit to help policymakers and practitioners protect the anticipated benefits of policies and sustainable technologies. Learn more about toolkit’s features below!

CLASP Compliance Toolkit

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Intro to Compliance

Want to learn how to design effective strategies to lock in the benefits of efficient appliances? Check out CLASP’s new compliance toolkit - including informational videos, quick two-pagers that expand on each step of the compliance process, and more.

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Non-Compliance Risk Assessment Tool (NC-RAT)

While appliance energy efficiency policies promise major carbon reductions, those efforts are pointless without robust compliance systems in place. CLASP’s new tool allows users to evaluate policy enforcement efforts and associated risk with market non-compliance. You can download the tool and watch this “how-to” video here.

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Additional Resources

CLASP and our partners support vital compliance efforts across the world for on- and off-grid appliances & equipment. Explore our list of regional and activity-based resources for insights into active compliance efforts, tools for policymakers, and more.

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Upcoming Events

EU Testing: Webinar to Present On-Mode Computer Testing Software

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27 October | 2:00 PM EAT

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This seminal report is a first step towards establishing a baseline to understand how well the solar sector is performing across different facets of inclusivity.

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Washington, DC, September 13, 2022 – A new analysis from Efficiency for Access, “Appliances for All: Assessing the Inclusivity of the Solar Appliances & Lighting Sector”, examines how well solar lighting and appliances are reaching their target populations, and assesses inclusion across solar company employment practices and product offerings. According to the analysis, the sector is largely serving a homogenous demographic: men with grid connections who are better educated and wealthier than their peers. Additionally, women make up only 23% of the workforce within decentralised energy companies. Overall, this meta-analysis finds that more can be done to reach marginalised groups and ensure the benefits of energy access are experienced equitably.

This seminal report is a first step towards establishing a baseline to understand how well the sector is performing across different facets of inclusivity. “As global economic and climatic challenges threaten our progress towards achieving universal energy access by 2030, marginalised groups may be overlooked. This report offers a first look at the solar lighting and appliance sector’s reach to those historically excluded by virtue of their gender, disability, poverty or otherwise,” said Makena Ireri, Director of Clean Energy Access Research at CLASP.

The Sector’s Typical Consumer 

While limited, data from 19 household surveys indicate that the typical solar lighting and appliance user is most commonly a male with a grid connection who is employed, does not have a disability, and is relatively better educated and more affluent than the average person in his country.

  • Only 41% of respondents reported earning less than USD $3.20 per day, the international poverty line, compared to over 65% of people in sub-Saharan Africa and over 60% in India.
  • 12% of the respondents reported having at least one disability, which is lower than the global estimate (15%).
  • 64% of respondents identified as men, while women comprised less than 40% of our sample, suggesting access barriers to solar products across sales, ownership and use.

“These findings, while not exhaustive in their representation, still reveal a sobering status quo that solar lighting and appliances may still be out of reach for millions of vulnerable people,” said Yasemin Erboy Ruff, Clean Energy Access Manager at CLASP. “To truly accelerate the sector’s aim of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7, we need to more intentionally focus on multiple dimensions of inclusivity, not just gender.”

Assessing the Private Sector 

Data from 68 companies in four markets show that women account for 23% of the workforce in distributed energy companies, similar to the broader energy sector at 22%. Notably, 84% of companies did not report gender-disaggregated data. Further, only 5% of the companies surveyed said they distribute or deal in nascent technologies that have traditionally been perceived to benefit women, like electric pressure cookers or solar mills.

Men far outnumber women in managerial positions within solar lighting and appliance companies. For example, there are only three women CEOs in over 200 solar companies in Uganda. This diversity gap within the private sector may lead to biases in the types of products developed and business decisions made, which may affect social impact.

An Incomplete Picture 

According to Lauren Boucher, Research Manager at CLASP, “Principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are deeply embedded within the ethos of solar lighting and appliances sector and its goal to ‘leave no on behind.’ However, to date, it lacks the standardised definitions, targets, indicators, and data collection efforts required to assess who is included and excluded from access initiatives.”

The report is an important first step toward establishing a baseline to understand how well the sector is performing, but the results should not be viewed as a comprehensive or fully accurate view of the sector. No survey included in this analysis required respondents to share demographic information on all three dimensions of this report (gender, income, disability). In an effort to create the largest possible sample size, Efficiency for Access did not drop observations with missing data from its analysis. These missing data introduce bias and further underscore the need for a coordinated, sector-wide effort to fill data gaps and harmonize tracking and evaluation methods.

Recommendations for Impact 

To deliver sustainable development through a just energy transition, solar products must be accessible to all who need or desire them. A push for a more inclusive sector is good for business: widening access to previously untapped populations can expand customer bases, increase sales and enable appliance markets to scale. Feedback from a diverse consumer base can lead to product improvements that benefit all customers, not just marginalised groups.

To fully realise these benefits, our analysis recommends addressing the affordability gap, developing and tracking diversity, equity and inclusion metrics, and innovating and investing in a broader array of solar appliances, among other tactics.

“As the sector develops strategies to leave no one behind, this report sets a baseline to give stakeholders more clarity, direction, and the ability to track,” added Makena Ireri of CLASP.

A Deeper Dive

To assess how well the off-grid solar sector is reaching marginalised groups, we used data on the respondent’s gender, income, and disability status to calculate the per cent of respondents that identify as a woman, have a household income lower than the international poverty lines of USD $1.90 or USD $3.20 daily, or live with a disability. We

used data from 60 Decibels and the World Bank to construct benchmarks and the relevant region/country to draw comparisons to the broader solar lighting and appliance sector as well as the populations it serves. Respondents were surveyed on ownership of more than nine appliances, including televisions, fans, milking machines, refrigerators, solar water pumps and solar home systems.

To assess workplace diversity and inclusion efforts among private sector companies, we analysed gender-disaggregated employment and compensation data from Power for All’s 2021 Powering Jobs Survey. We also analysed company-reported data on the location of company offices, company expertise, and product offerings using data from Power for All’s Powering Jobs Survey and the Global Distributors Collective’s Member Survey.

For more information, download “Appliances for All: Assessing the Inclusivity of the Solar Appliances & Lighting Sector” and follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

About Efficiency for Access

Efficiency for Access is a global coalition promoting energy efficiency as a potent catalyst in clean energy access efforts. Since its founding in 2015, Efficiency for Access has grown from a year-long call to action and collaborative effort by Global LEAP and Sustainable Energy for All to a coalition of 20 donor organizations. Coalition programmes aim to scale up markets and reduce prices for super-efficient, off- and weak-grid appropriate products, support technological innovation, and improve sector coordination. Current Efficiency for Access Coalition members lead 12 programmes and initiatives spanning three continents, 62 countries, and 34 key technologies.

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CLASP supports USAID in the development of country-specific circular economy plans to ensure the demand for renewable energy sources does not negatively impact the environment.

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The demand for more renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines is creating pressure on the environment due to mining of critical metals and production of more e-waste as these technologies reach their end-of-life cycle, creating an opportunity for a circular economy. In a circular economy, materials have multiple life cycles and re-entry points into the market as they are systematically recovered, repaired and remade.

CLASP is part of a team that supports the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Scaling Up Renewable Energy (SURE) program. CLASP was recently awarded a subcontract under the SURE program, led by Tetra Tech, alongside dss+ to engage strategically with governments, the private sector, civil society, and communities to support transformational policies and initiatives and to build human capital and institutional capacity to address waste challenges associated with renewable energy investments while creating economic value and jobs. Tetra Tech, CLASP, and dss+ technical experts work with partners to develop innovative tools, sustainable practices, policies, business models, and secondary markets for renewable energy parts and materials, cultivating a circular economy that is gender-inclusive, reduces waste, makes the supply chain more resilient, and extends the life of parts. CLASP supports USAID in the development of country-specific circular economy plans to ensure the demand for renewable energy sources does not negatively impact the environment.

Renewable Energy: Sustainable Solution or Environmental Risk?

Obsolete renewable energy equipment is expected to grow exponentially over the next 30 years. Instead of damaged and decommissioned equipment piling up as waste, the life of these materials must be extended beyond their original use. In 2019, an estimated 18,000 tons of solar photovoltaic (PV) panel waste was generated. By 2050, PV panel waste could increase to 10 million tons annually (BNEF 2020). There will be up to 52,000 tons per year of decommissioned wind blades by 2030 (WindEurope 2020).

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These briefs consolidate the latest market intelligence, technology trends, and consumer impacts and chart the pathway to commercialization for 11 off- and weak-grid appropriate technologies.


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We are excited to announce that CLASP, on behalf of Efficiency for Access, has published a series of 2021 Solar Appliance Technology Briefs for off- and weak-grid appropriate technologies.  The briefs synthesize the latest market intelligence and chart the pathway to commercialization for 11 disruptive technologies that are expected to catalyze energy access and sustainable development.

The first iteration of the LEIA Technology Summaries was published in 2017 to help the newly established Efficiency for Access Coalition navigate a nascent market. At the time there was limited data available on market trends and performance of appliances suitable for resource-constrained settings. Since then, CLASP, with the help of its partners, has assembled a wealth of information on a number of these technologies across market, consumer and impact research, and the Efficiency for Access Coalition members have invested nearly £130 million in the high-performing appliances space.

For a quick primer with most salient details from the briefs, see this collection of two-page snapshots.

The technologies are grouped into a four-part series based on market maturity:

Fans: Over 670,000 off- and weak-grid fans were sold globally in 2019, as they are one of the most cost-effective and life-saving off-grid cooling solutions. With positive trends in off-grid fan affordability and efficiency, demand is predicted to grow, and the obtainable market is projected to reach 48 million households by 2030.

Televisions: The efficiency and affordability of off-grid televisions have improved by 48% and 44% respectively over the past few years, as they are one of the most coveted off-grid appliances by consumers. While the market potential for off-grid TVs is growing, last-mile distribution challenges and insufficient consumer financing prevents the market from reaching its full potential.

Solar Water Pumps: Improving access to solar irrigation can improve crop yields by up to 3x and build resilience to droughts and unpredictable weather patterns. However, the market remains variable in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. To reach new customers, one must leverage new business models and expand partnerships to improve affordability.

Refrigerators: An increasing number of refrigerator manufacturers have expanded their market to target off-grid households and small businesses. Products sampled from local retail markets in the 2019 Global LEAP Awards had improved by 36% over the 2017 period. This class of efficient, off-grid appropriate refrigerators hold promising potential to provide reliable cooling services making it an overall ubiquitous household appliance.

Walk-in Cold Rooms: Establishing cold chains as extensive and reliable as those in industrialized countries would enable developing countries to raise food supply by 15% – about 250 million tonnes. A complete cold chain involves multiple stakeholders, and in the agricultural context this would include farmers, aggregators, transportation companies, warehouses and processing centers.

Electric Pressure Cookers: EPCs are highly energy-efficient appliances and can expand and improve clean cooking access for the 2.6 billion people worldwide who rely primarily on biomass cooking fuels. Efforts to improve design, consumer financing and awareness of their health benefits can help accelerate their market growth.

Solar Milling: Solar milling has the potential to enhance farming efficiency, increase farmer revenues, promote food security and empower women. On-grid solar-powered mills are slowly replacing diesel mills, but progress remains slow in off-grid settings as an ideal scenario must balance three parameters: efficiency, throughput as well as capital & operational cost.

E-mobility: Battery-powered E-mobility transportation modes eliminates internal combustion engine (ICE), that releases toxic particulate matter and carbon dioxide to the environment. The uptake of E- mobility is strong and improving across parts of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, however penetration lags in rural areas, and product quality remains an issue. To address core barriers, a deeper understanding of use cases is needed.

Interoperability: Improvements in interoperability would allow customers wishing to upgrade their system or add an appliance to their household to not have to do so through the company that sold them their solar energy kit. The predominant model is that of non-interoperable systems which use brand-specific connectors combined with proprietary digital protocols.

ICT: ICT is a broad term that covers technologies that enable communications — such as radio, television, mobile phones, computer and network hardware, satellite systems, and internet of things (IoT)– and the services provided through these devices. ICT can also enable the uptake of other appliances highlighted in the brief series. For example, access to mobile phones has been a key enabler in the mobile money-driven PAYGo solar home system sector, helping off-grid communities gain access to electricity and contributing to SDG7.

Permanent Magnet Motors: PM motors are a type of electric motor that promise to be more efficient than their more common counterpart, induction motors. PM motors can play a crucial role in addressing efficiency-related challenges in resource-constrained settings across the full grid spectrum. Motors are the primary movers in almost all machinery and appliances. PM motors can be used with smaller power supplies, tolerate low or fluctuating voltages and have longer run times due to higher efficiency. Ideal applications for PM motors in solar appliances include solar water pumps, fans and refrigerators.

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New Study Finds Permanent Magnet Motors Are a Potential 'Game-Changer' for Off-Grid and Weak-Grid Appliance Markets

As the primary movers in appliances, motors determine the energy consumption, capability, and reliability of the products we use every day. CLASP, on behalf of Efficiency for Access, has published the first comprehensive assessment of efficient motor applications in off- and weak-grid appliance markets. Findings show appliances using efficient permanent magnet motors can lower the net cost of an off-grid customer’s solar energy system by 30%. And are 22-42% more efficient than conventional models.

“Electric motors play a role in the delivery of clean and energy services around the world, powering everything from fans to water pumps to vehicles. Further improvements to performance, price, and efficiency can deliver tremendous benefits to un- and under-electrified households and businesses around the world.”

- Stephen Pantano, Chief Research Officer

Read the full report to learn more about the benefits of permanent magnet motors.

Global LEAP Awards Announces Results for Electric Pressure Cooker Competition

After six months of laboratory testing, the Global LEAP Awards identified 13 best-in-class, affordable, energy-efficient electric pressure cookers (EPCs) as Winners and Finalists of the 2020 EPC Competition. EPCs are a game-changing technology that have the potential to provide safe, clean convenient cooking for people around the world who often rely on inefficient and polluting cooking fuels.

The competition presents the first-ever rigorous performance assessment of EPCs designed explicitly for use in underserved areas, filling a major gap in market intelligence. Testing data from the Awards competition will allow EPC markets to deliver a wide range of environmental and health benefits, from reducing charcoal reliance and GHG emissions, to lowering the burden of disease associated with household air pollution. CLASP administered the competition with support from UK Aid’s Modern Energy Cooking Services and Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programmes. Learn more.

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Brazil Introduces Revised Labeling Scale for Air Conditioners

Brazilian policymakers have adopted a new labeling scale for air conditioners that will better distinguish the highest-efficiency products in the market. CLASP provided the technical evidence base for the regulation that will more than double the stringency of energy labeling criteria over the next five years and reduce CO2 emissions by 21.5 MT cumulatively through 2030.

Climate Smart Cooling Solutions for Sustainable Buildings in Latin America and the Caribbean

20 August, 10:30 am EDT. In the wake of COVID-19, there is a pressing need to boost new sustainable solutions for cooling that consider climate impacts and new societal needs. CLASP's Ana Maria Carreño will participate in a virtual event showcasing viable business models and climate-friendly technology solutions for cooling systems in buildings, including the use of indigenous and local knowledge and techniques.

'Cooling’ Opportunity: Scaling Post-Harvest Technologies in Africa

Reducing post-harvest losses offers a vital pathway to alleviate poverty and improve nutrition, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In a new article for Ventures Africa, CLASP’s Sam Grant contextualizes the food crisis in sub-Saharan Africa and offers insights into the solutions piloted in the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge.

Report Shows Market Readiness to Eliminate Mercury-Based Lighting

As the European Commission considers an update to rules governing the sale of products containing hazardous chemicals, a new report by CLASP and the Swedish Energy Agency examines the availability of LED lighting in Europe. Findings reveal that there is no technical or economic justification for mercury-based fluorescent lamps to remain on the market.

Requests for Proposals

Assessment of Quality Verified and Non-Quality Verified Solar Products and Off-Grid Appliances in Kenya

VeraSol is seeking a consultant (firm/consortium) to work closely with the team to carry out a consumer study in Kenya that will assess the state of the quality verified and non-quality verified solar product market and characterize the market for off-grid appliances.

Partnership in Energy Efficiency in Refrigerators and Transformers Policy Project Bid

CLASP has been shortlisted for a project to help governments in Eswatini, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe develop a national framework for leapfrogging to energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers. We are seeking consultancy firms legally based in at least one of the countries to partner on the project.

Past Webinars

Best Practices in AC Efficiency Policy: Experiences from Brazil, China, and India

Around the world, governments face the challenge of meeting rising electricity demand from residential air conditioning while promoting local manufacturing. On 5 August, CLASP hosted a panel discussion with policymakers from Brazil, China, and India to discuss the innovative solutions implemented in their countries.

Environmental Dumping: Perspectives from the Ground

Many of the cooling appliances exported to Africa are low efficiency, contain obsolete high-global warming potential refrigerants, or are close to the end of their operational life. CLASP's 29 July webinar discussed the impacts of environmental dumping, potential policy solutions, and opportunities for proper end-of-life disposal and recycling of e-waste.

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Growth, Diversity, and Innovation Guide CLASP into the Next Decade

By Fred Sherman, Chief Operations Officer

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we profile one of our team members. This month we close out the year with Fred Sherman, Chief Operations Officer based in Washington, D.C.

“At CLASP we take our culture seriously. It starts at the top and is carefully cultivated. The pillars are collaboration, transparency and service. How we enact these values continues to evolve over time and only gets better.”

Read more from Fred.

IKEA Foundation Becomes the Newest Member of the Efficiency for Access Coalition

We are excited to share that IKEA Foundation has joined the Efficiency for Access Coalition as its 15th member. By joining the Efficiency for Access Coalition, the IKEA Foundation will work together with other partners and investors to make renewable energy rapidly accessible to communities, reducing carbon emissions and improving livelihoods for people living in poverty. Their support will help 225,000 people improve the productivity of their small agricultural businesses through access to energy-efficient solar-powered equipment, such as water pumps and milling machines, increasing household income by at least 15% and reducing carbon emissions by 40%.

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Kenya’s New AC Standards Increase Efficiency Baseline While Reducing Harmful Refrigerants

Over the past two years, CLASP has supported the Kenyan government to revise energy efficiency policies for cooling appliances, e.g. refrigerators and air conditioners. The new AC policy, in addition to increasing efficiency by 11%, has effectively phased out high ozone-depleting R-22 refrigerants in this import market.

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Insights from the Final Stage of the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge

CLASP, IMC Worldwide and Energy 4 Impact announced the winners of stage two of the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC), to identify and promote the most energy-efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective off-grid cold chain technologies and business models that can meet the cold storage requirements for fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products in off- and weak-grid areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Over the next month, CLASP, via Efficiency for Access, will release company profiles and videos on the four finalists to offer deeper insights into the unique challenges and opportunities of off-grid cold chain technologies and business models.

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View the first video introducing the runner up Ecolife:

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Meet Marie Baton, Europe Lead, Policy & Analysis Team

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we profile one of our team members. This month, we sat down with Marie Baton, Policy & Analysis Europe Lead.

“I’m motivated about the work that I do -- now, more than ever -- because I feel a sense of urgency about our unsustainable energy systems...We know that energy consumption has to be reduced in developed countries, and that developing countries are very much increasing their access to energy services, which increases their consumption. I see CLASP as uniquely positioned to help on both fronts, which I find exciting.”

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New TV Test Method Underpins World-leading European Energy Policy

Last month, the European Commission adopted the most stringent energy performance standards in the world for TVs, computer monitors and other electronic displays. At the heart of the new regulations is an update to the test method used to assess those products. “Elements of the new test method have already been adopted in limited settings internationally, and once European regulators fully implement the new methodology, it will set off a global shift toward a more accurate accounting of the energy and carbon footprint of this product class,” said Eric Gibbs, CLASP’s Chief Policy & Analysis Officer.

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2019 State of the Off-Grid Market Report Finds the Global Appliance Market on the Edge of Transformational Growth

The latest State of the Off-Grid Appliance Market Report analyzes major market trends for off- and weak-grid appropriate televisions, fans, and refrigerators across eight representative markets in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The report sizes the existing and future addressable market, identifies barriers to growth, and outlines solutions for actors at all levels. While we estimate the total addressable market for these appliances to double from USD 12.6 billion in 2018 to 23.5 billion in 2030, addressing consumer affordability will be essential to achieving scale.

Read the report.

Announcing Results of the 2019 Global LEAP Awards for Off-Grid Refrigerators and Solar Water Pumps

CLASP and the Efficiency for Access Coalition are excited to announce the Winners & Finalists of the 2019 competitions for energy-efficient, off- and weak-grid refrigerators and innovative, high performing solar water pumps. With support from UK aid, this year's Off-grid Refrigerator Competition featured the first ever innovation prizes for affordability. The £50,000 cash prizes were awarded to Devidayal Solar Inc. and Youmma. In total, 48 best-in-class refrigerator and solar water pump products are recognized as Winners or Finalists.

View the results.

Efficiency for Access launches Appliances Empower: A Campaign to Advance Gender Equality and Inclusion Through Energy-Efficient Appliances

Last week, the Efficiency for Access Coalition kicked off a multi-month campaign to advance gender equality and inclusion through energy-efficient appliances - #AppliancesEmpower. The campaign will focus on Gender Equality (SDG 5) as an important cross-cutting theme that relates to Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7) and other UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each month, Appliances Empower will explore a different SDG through the lens of gender equality and energy access, starting with Zero Hunger (SDG 2) in November.

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Efficient Off-Grid Appliances Touch 16 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In the latest Efficiency for Access blog post, CLASP Senior Associate Yasemin Erboy Ruff, reflects on the recent transition toward off-grid appropriate appliances and makes the case for how they can help advance the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Read the full story.

CLASP & Partners Advance Solar E-Waste Innovation Efforts Across Sub-Saharan Africa

On 15 October, CLASP, through the Efficiency for Access Coalition, facilitated the USAID Sustainable E-Waste Management: Best Practices for the Off-Grid Sector workshop in Dakar, Senegal. At the workshop, CLASP shared key insights from new research on the solar e-waste market in sub-Saharan Africa and announced the launch of the second Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Challenge. The workshop included new consumer-focused research from USAID and the Resilient Africa Network and a presentation of GOGLA’s E-Waste Toolkit.

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CLASP Launches Expanded Partnership with PROCEL in Brazil

In September, CLASP kicked off new activities with Brazil’s National Electrical Energy Conservation Program (PROCEL) at the Advancing Energy Efficiency in Brazil Through Labeling” workshop. Participants built consensus around the necessity of revising the PROCEL seal for domestic refrigerators and street lighting, as well as the possibility of developing new policies that apply the seal to commercial refrigerators and chillers.

Read more.

Now Hiring: Policy & Analysis Coordinator

CLASP seeks a Coordinator, in Washington, D.C., to help execute our portfolio of policy and analysis initiatives across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.


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Meet Wendy Hado, CLASP Market Development & Innovation Team

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we profile one of our team members. This month, we sat down with Wendy Hado, an Associate supporting the Global LEAP Awards.

"I see affordable, durable, and efficient technologies powered by clean energy to be one of the worthwhile endeavors to mitigate climate change and build resiliency, while also greatly improving livelihoods of global off-grid populations; the people that will be most affected by climate change."

Meet Wendy.

Global LEAP Awards Launch Results-Based Financing for Off-grid Refrigerators & Solar Water Pumps

Global LEAP Awards is excited to announce that starting Monday, 19th August, over $2 million in incentive funds are available to support procurement of best-in-class solar water pumps and off-grid refrigerators over the next year. All products identified as Winners and Finalists of the 2019 Global LEAP Awards competition are eligible to apply for the financing mechanism. The window to submit bids closes on August 26.

Learn more.

CLASP Reflects on Recent Changes in the Solar Water Pump Industry

Solar water pumps have been around since the 1970s, so why haven’t they reached market scale? In a recent article, CLASP Senior Manager Jenny Corry and Senior Associate Makena Ireri assess the key constraints suppressing market growth and identify four actions market actors can take to accelerate efficiency, affordability, and uptake.

Read the article.

Supporting Pakistan’s National Energy Efficiency Roadmap

Last month, CLASP and Pakistan’s national and provincial energy efficiency agencies convened a workshop in Dubai, UAE to launch a new partnership to accelerate appliance and equipment energy efficiency policies in Pakistan. Representatives from Pakistan’s National Energy Efficiency Conservation Agency and Punjab Energy Efficiency Conservation Agency, international experts, local partner HIMA^verte, and CLASP converged to exchange learnings that can further strengthen Pakistan’s national energy efficiency roadmap.

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Watch: Air Conditioner Markets & Energy Efficiency Policy Opportunities Webinar

On 18th July, CLASP hosted a webinar that featured insights from four air conditioner market studies and impact analyses on rapidly expanding AC markets in Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Speakers included the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, Innogy Solutions, the World Bank, members of the CLASP team, and other partners.

Watch the webinar.

It’s Not Too Late: Take the CLASP Policy Database User Survey

We need your insights! CLASP's Policy Database houses energy efficiency policy information for over 100 appliances, lighting, and equipment in more than 90 countries. Let us know how we can improve the Database and increase its utility and usability.

Take the survey.

Now Hiring: Research Associate, Clean Energy Access

CLASP seeks a Research Associate in Nairobi, Kenya to help execute our portfolio of market development & innovation initiatives

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Air Conditioner Markets & Energy Efficiency Policy Opportunities

18 July 2019 9:00 - 10:30 EDT | 13:00 - 14:30 UTC

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Today, CLASP joins the cooling community in celebrating the first annual World Refrigeration Day by launching four new reports on rapidly expanding air conditioner markets in Southeast Asia and Africa.

CLASP, in collaboration with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), is hosting a webinar to discuss the finding of the Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis reports for Kenya, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Air Conditioner Markets & Energy Efficiency Policy Opportunities webinar will explore the market characteristics and policy impacts findings for each economy, and outline CLASP's methodology for conducting market assessments in these economies.

Opening Remarks: Jessica Brown (K-CEP)

Introduction & Methodology: Ana Maria Carreño, (CLASP)

In 2018, CLASP’s local partners, RenCon Associates, Innogy Solutions, Ecology and Environment Institute, and Niwat Phansilpakom, collected detailed product data on room air conditioners (ACs) in each of the four economies. Using this data, CLASP developed comprehensive market assessments and modeled the energy, environmental, and market impacts of different energy efficiency policy scenarios.

Market & Policy Opportunities


Naomi Wagura (CLASP) &

Kiremu Magambo (RenCon)

A small, but growing, import market, Kenya is currently in the process of revising their first energy performance standards for ACs. Implementing the proposed revisions in 2020 would provide 0.07% of the intended 2030 emissions reduction outlined in Kenya's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Read the full report


Lina Kelpsaite (CLASP) &

Lloly de Jesus (Innogy)

A unique market for Southeast Asia, dominated by small window units, the Philippines last revised their energy performance standards for ACs in 2002. A revision in 2020 could save nearly 15 TWh of electricity cumulatively through 2030.

Read the full report


Rebecca Schloemann (CLASP)

A large import market with a successful energy efficiency program for ACs, Vietnam's standards and labels are now in need of revision to better promote market transformation. Increasing the energy performance standards for ACs by 20%, would reduce household electricity consumption, thereby decreasing primary energy consumption by an estimated 250,000 tonnes of oil equivalent in 2030.

Read the full report


Colin Taylor (CLASP)

An expansive export market, Thailand benefits from a well-regarded voluntary labeling program and long-standing energy performance standards for ACs. As a manufacturing hub, there are already market-ready and cost-effective technologies on the Thai market to reduce domestic space cooling related emissions in Thailand by a cumulative 98 MT CO2 through 2030.

Read the full report

The webinar is open to all interested parties. We encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues.

We hope that you will join us! Register here





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Speaking With Each Other Matters Now More Than Ever

By Corinne Schneider, Chief Communications Officer

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we profile one of our team members. This month, we hear from Corinne Schneider, CLASP's Chief Communications Officer based in Washington D.C.

“The seas are rising, and the need for fast, coordinated efforts is upon us. It’s clear to me that we won’t survive if we’re not speaking with each other. We need to double down on communications, sure, but we also need broad recognition – especially from the experts – that good communications are vital.”

Read more from Corinne.

New Research from Efficiency for Access & Partners for the Off-Grid Solar Sector

Markets for off-grid appropriate appliances are nascent throughout much of the world. Manufacturers, development institutions, bulk procurers, policymakers and others often lack access to the data and market intelligence needed to design, source, and promote high-performing products that meet consumer needs. Efficiency for Access and our partners are excited to share a new suite of research to empower clean energy access stakeholders with consumer, technical, and market intelligence. These include a collaborative research effort with 60 Decibels on the benefits of solar water pump technologies; with GOGLA and the World Bank Group on the semi-annual Global Off-grid Solar Market Report, which has been expanded to include appliances; Equip Data, a new, independent tool that shares key performance and quality data for over 250 off-grid appliances; a first-ever policy brief; and a technical roadmap for solar water pump technologies.

Read Off-Grid News.

CLASP Celebrates 20 Years of Impact

On May 10th, in D.C.’s Wharf District, past and current team, board members, and partners gathered to celebrate CLASP’s 20 years of impact. Attendees enjoyed a great view, swag bags and photo booth fun, in celebration of 20 years of effort - and all that’s to come. Pictured here are some of the ‘International Women of CLASP’ or IWOC.

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Emerging Lighting Technologies in Central America

CLASP is partnering with the Organization of American States to support the development of lighting standards in the eight member states of the Central American Integration System (SICA). Technical notes on street lighting and non-directional lamps and a forthcoming market study will inform recommendations for indoor and outdoor lighting policies. Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas interviewed CLASP Senior Manager Ana Maria Carreño about this exciting new work.

Read Ana Maria Carreño’s interview.

Why Europe Should Care About Appliance Efficiency in Africa

Last week, CLASP participated in the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) annual Summer Study. In addition to presenting multiple papers, CLASP hosted a well-attended side event: Should Europe care about appliance efficiency in Africa? Can Europe get inspiration from Africa on its path towards sufficiency?

Read Nils Borg’s recap.

 Shape the Next Iteration of CLASP’s Policy Database

For more than 15 years, CLASP’s Policy Database has offered freely accessible and searchable appliance energy efficiency policy information from economies worldwide. 

Now CLASP is seeking user inputs and insights through a user experience survey to increase the utility and usability of the Policy Database. We hope the survey will pinpoint which aspects of the Database are most useful and what areas we can improve.

Take the survey.

TOMORROW - June 19th Communication Strategies for Energy Efficiency Labels Webinar

Register for the SEAD Policy Exchange Forum: Communication Strategies for Energy Efficiency Labels Webinar on June 19th at 7:00 AM EST. The SEAD Policy Exchange Forum is an informal setting where policymakers, industry, and experts share and learn from one another about cutting-edge and cost-effective approaches to appliance energy efficiency challenges.

Register now.

Now Hiring: Senior Associate, Policy & Analysis: New Delhi, India

CLASP seeks a Policy & Analysis Senior Associate at its New Delhi, India office to join a well-established team that is designing and executing a robust and diverse portfolio of appliance energy efficiency initiatives.

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A ‘Restless Organization:’ CLASP’s Values Challenge us to Evolve by Steve Pantano, Chief Innovation Officer

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we profile one of our team members. This month we're featuring Steve Pantano, CLASP's Chief Innovation Officer based in Washington D.C.

"Nearly eight years after joining CLASP, I have the great pleasure of coming to work every day in an organization as restless as I am - always true to its values and focused on a lofty goal, but willing to take changes to find better, smarter ways to deliver results."

Discover more about Steve.

$1 Million Sub-Saharan Africa Solar E-Waste Innovation Program

In 2016 alone, an estimated 30 million off-grid solar products were sold globally. These products ranged from small portable lanterns to 100+ Watt solar home systems capable of powering TVs, fans and other appliances, with an average lifespan of 2 to 5 years, and sometimes as few as 18 months. To support innovative solutions to management of off-grid solar e-waste, the Efficiency for Access Coalition launched the sub-Saharan Africa Global LEAP Solar E-Waste Challenge. Apply by May 15, 2019.

Learn more about the program.


India Continues Making Major Strides Towards Energy Efficiency

We’re pleased to announce that India released the world’s first “Cooling Action Plan”; microwaves are included for the first time in the Bureau of Energy Efficiency’s Star Rating program while washing machines received revised Star Rating qualifications to include both water efficiency and energy performance; a 12-month bulk procurement program for ACs is launching in South and West Delhi; and finally, a new CEEW report, “Incentives and Regulations to Phase-down HFCs in India.”

Read all the updates.

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Better understanding off-grid consumers: The unforeseen impacts of energy efficient off-grid appliances

by Nya Abagi

Commercial markets for off-grid appliances remain nascent and face many barriers. Manufacturers and distributors  who invest in understanding consumers – what they want, how they interact with the product, as well as the developmental and economic impacts of ownership – will be better placed to innovate, develop, and market products that can best service cash- and energy-constrained consumers.

A Ugandan entrepreneur explains how high efficiency refrigeration and lighting have improved his business and community.

The Global LEAP Awards results based financing program has played a key role in development of the off-grid appliances market, supporting the delivery of new or enhanced energy access to over half a million people across East Africa and Bangladesh.

CLASP, the Efficiency for Access Coalition, and our several of our partners are working to deepen sectoral understanding of the impact of off-grid appliances on consumers. Here is one of the videos emerging from our efforts

In the coming months, we will continue to share these videos, notable findings from our research, and other stories about consumers and their interaction with off-grid solar technologies. We hope that you will find them as insightful about consumers’ experiences as we do.

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Meet Ruth Kimani, CLASP East Africa Team

In celebration of CLASP's 20th anniversary, each month we will profile one our incredible team members. This week, we sat down with Ruth Kimani who works on CLASP's market development program from Nairobi, to learn more about her perspectives on work and life.

"After two years of community development work, I left Kilifi, one of poorest counties in Kenya, to earn my master’s degree. While in school, I learned about the linkages between energy and the environment. If we solve the problems related to how to get clean or renewable energy, we would be able to address a lot of the environmental problems we are seeing today. This intrigued me... 

I want to do work that enables me to make the largest impact, so when I learned about CLASP, it seemed like the perfect place for me..." Read the full interview.

CLASP Policy Database Updated to Include Off-Grid Products

CLASP has expanded its Policy Database to include off-grid appliances. Governments in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia are adopting performance standards for solar home systems, solar lighting, off-grid appropriate TVs, and cookstoves.

The CLASP Policy Database is a web-based searchable tool for research and comparison of energy performance standards, labeling, and quality standards for appliances and other electrical equipment worldwide. The accompanying map displays off-grid product standards that are currently in place or under development across Sub-Saharan Africa.

High Efficiency Cooling

The Role of Trade Policy & Energy Efficiency Policy to Promote Highly Efficient Air Conditioner Markets – A new CLASP report discusses how trade policy and energy efficiency policy can work together to reduce the dumping of inefficient products in developing and emerging economies and promote market transformation towards highly efficient ACs. The report presents several case studies assessing the impacts of trade measures that have enhanced or restricted the availability of energy efficient products in various countries. The Role of Trade Policy and Energy Efficiency Policy to Promote Highly Efficient Air Conditioner Markets was developed with support from the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.

Indian Government, Mission Innovation & the Rocky Mountain Institute Launch $3 Million Global Cooling Prize – The Global Cooling Prize aims to spur the development of a cooling technology that has 5X less climate impact than standard technology in operation today (considering both energy and refrigerant impacts) and no more than 2X the cost of the standard AC unit on the market at assessed industrial scale. The competition will run for two years and distribute $3 million in prize money. Apply at The application deadline is 30 June 2019.

Cooling in a Warming World: Global Markets & Policy Trends – In January, CLASP launched an in-depth report about the state of air conditioning markets, policies, and compliance efforts around the world. Read Cooling in a Warming World

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The world is poised to install 700 million new room air conditioners by 2030 and 1.6 billion by 2050. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, that’s like adding several large countries to the planet. Just a 30% energy efficiency increase for AC technology, paired with low-global warming potential refrigerants, could avoid 98 billion tons of CO2 by 2050. These numbers do not consider cooling systems in buildings or the many varieties of domestic, commercial, and industrial refrigeration.  

Cooling and refrigeration are quickly becoming a necessity in hot climates; they are essential to increasing productivity, improving educational outcomes, minimizing food waste, and improving healthcare. At the same time, we face major climate impacts from cooling around the world. In collaboration with the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and others, CLASP and our partners are transforming cooling markets and ushering in sustainable, energy-efficient, low-global warming potential appliance technologies, which are vital to shared prosperity across the globe. 

Southeast Asia 

In Southeast Asia, space cooling represents up to 50% of electricity demand and the room AC market is projected to grow 10% annually over the next five years. CLASP, with the International Institute for Energy Conservation, launched a program to support Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations raise the ambition of AC energy efficiency policies and regional policy compliance.

Building on the ASEAN-Shine AC efficiency program, CLASP, with US Department of State support, facilitated a second workshop under the Lower Mekong Initiative - Supporting AC Policy Implementation and Market Surveillance in January. Participants assessed AC policy progress and initiated a regional market surveillance plan.

Learn more about our work in Southeast Asia


In Kenya, the demand for cooling is growing especially in urban centers like Nairobi and Mombasa. CLASP is partnering with the Kenyan Energy Regulatory Commission to support standards for ACs and refrigerators.

With support from the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, CLASP is assessing the room ACs market across several African countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and Tunisia, where there is less reliable market data. The analysis will build the case for room AC policies and programs.

Learn more about CLASP’s work in Africa


For the first time, the two main types of room ACs available on the Indian market - inverter and fixed speed - are covered by the same energy-efficiency policy. Effective on 1 January 2018, this innovative cooling policy by India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency includes test procedures to reflect Indian climate variables, also known as the seasonal energy-efficiency ratio.

CLASP is working with BEE to develop policies for energy-intensive cooling systems in commercial and residential buildings. Once implemented, India will have energy efficiency policies in place for nearly all cooling technologies available on the market.

Learn more about our work in India

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Ghana Developing Cookstoves Performance Label

CLASP and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, with partner Kantar Public Ghana, are supporting the Ghana Energy Commission in the development of a first of its kind cookstoves performance label.
Over 70% of Ghanaian households cook their meals using biomass fuel. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people worldwide every year and sickens millions more, disproportionately affecting women and children. These same emissions have significant global warming potential.
In response, the government of Ghana is developing a plan to transition consumers from traditional biomass or charcoal stoves to cleaner, more efficient stoves, and from traditional fuels to cleaner fuels like LPG, ethanol, or pellets. Since 2015, CLASP has supported the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to improve the availability and affordability of safe, efficient clean cookstoves in six countries. Read more about Ghana’s performance label for clean cookstoves.

CLASP's Growing Team in East Africa 

Please join us in welcoming Nyamolo Abagi as a Senior Associate to CLASP's East Africa team, based in Nairobi. Abagi brings seven years of experience in project management and operations in the renewable energy sector. She has built and supported teams in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and most recently Zambia focused on increasing access to clean and affordable energy. At CLASP, Abagi will primarily support off-grid appliances market development and clean energy access efforts. Abagi challenges herself to run a half marathon every year and is currently reading her way through the world with a personal goal of one new book every month. Welcome Abagi! 

CLASP is recruiting a coordinator to join our growing East Africa office. 


Industry Competitiveness Webinar Today - CLASP at SE4All Next Week

Appliances, Climate Change, & Industry Competitiveness 
CLASP and the World Bank Group are holding a webinar today, Thursday, March 30th at 10:00 am EDT on Appliances, Climate Change and Industry Competitiveness.  Click here to register.

Last year, CLASP, with the World Bank and Carbon Trust, published A Greener Path to Competitiveness: Policies for Climate Action in Industries and Products. Today's webinar will explore key findings from the report, with experts from the private sector, think tanks, and World Bank Group discussing its implications for industry and financial markets.

The webinar is today, March 30th, from 10:00-11:30 am EDT. 

Super-efficient Appliances & Sustainable Energy for All 
Next Monday, CLASP and our partners - including the Global Lighting Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP), the United Nations Foundation, and others - will host a discussion on emerging trends in off- and weak-grid appliance markets at the UN's third annual Sustainable Energy for All forum in New York City.

Energy efficiency is an enormously potent tool in efforts to deliver modern clean energy services—and the resulting improvements to quality of life—to the billions of energy poor people around the world. Please join us next Monday afternoon, or visit our booth!


The last major technological leap forward in electricity distribution occurred more than 100 years ago. Inefficient, inflexible, and increasingly fragile, our system of alternating current (AC) power distribution is showing its age.

Direct current (DC) is the power of our sustainable energy future – it is produced by solar panels, stored in batteries, and consumed by the lights and appliances that we have in our homes and offices today.

Recently published, Demand DC: Accelerating the Introduction of DC Power in the Home, provides a glimpse into a more energy efficient, reliable, and secure energy future, one in which generation, storage, distribution, and consumption of electricity in the home is increasingly – though by no means entirely – based in DC.

On Monday, August 22, CLASP is presenting this paper at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Please attend if you’re able. You can find more information here.

Over the next few months CLASP will be working to elevate the conversation around DC power and DC-ready appliances. If you’re interested in learning more please contact Steve Pantano at CLASP.

Click here to download Demand DC: Accelerating the Introduction of DC Power in the Home.


Join CLASP and the World Bank Group to participate in the Dialogue for Climate Action. This event brings together CEOs, industry representatives, policymakers, and civil society around an inclusive agenda to promote climate competitive industries.

The Dialogue for Climate Action takes place May 24-25, 2016 at the Hofburg Conference Center in Vienna, Austria. Click here for more information on the conference, and how to register.

Standards & Technology for Competitiveness Session
On the second day of the conference, May 25, CLASP is organizing a session on “Standards & Technology for Competitiveness" as part of the Dialogue for Climate Action. The session includes a panel discussion on increasing competitiveness in product manufacturing. Product energy efficiency standards can catalyze innovation in technologies, and facilitate trade and export-led growth, but they can also harm domestic manufacturers. This session will bring together policymakers and representatives from manufacturers and civil society to discuss effective approaches for collaboration on these standards.

Impacts of Energy Efficiency Policies on Manufacturers
At the conference, CLASP will release key findings on the impacts of appliance energy efficiency policies on product manufacturers. The findings will be included in a forthcoming publication from the World Bank Group called “A Greener Path to Competitiveness.”

Energy efficiency standards are widely used as an effective policy tool to reduce energy consumption and operating costs of appliances, equipment and operations. However, their impact on industrial competitiveness is not well understood. The study identifies a number of cases where S&L policies, sometimes in combination with complementary measures, not only achieved their primary objectives of energy use and emissions reductions, but also strengthened domestic manufacturing.

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CLASP, with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), is excited to announce a series of monitoring, verification, and evaluation (MV&E) guides for energy efficient lighting programs. The new UNEP-GEF en.lighten series of MV&E guidance notes provides a practical resource for governments in establishing and implementing an effective MV&E program. The series consists of six guidance notes:

Each guidance note focuses on an individual aspect of a MV&E infrastructure, provides best practice guidance and examples for its implementation, and describes how it contributes to improved product compliance and the success of policies aimed at transforming the market to efficient lighting. While the guides focus on lighting products, much of this information can be applied to other product areas. Click here to learn more about the MV&E guides

*Four of the six guides were prepared by CLASP for the UNEP-GEF en.lighten initiative with the support of the Australian Government through the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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Policy Opportunities for More Efficient Residential Water Heating

15 March 2016

13:00 - 14:00 UTC / GMT

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CLASP and the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative would like to invite you to participate in a webinar on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 13:00 UTC to discuss the policy opportunities for more efficient water heaters. 

Accounting for 5-25% of delivered energy, water heating consumes more energy than most other residential appliances. This notable energy demand results in significant CO2 emissions and energy expenditure. Recognizing the importance of water heating energy consumption, CLASP initiated this study in collaboration with Waide Strategic Efficiency and several other partners to identiy the policy opportunities for more efficient water heaters in three of the largest economies in the world - China, India and the US. This study provides policymakers and technical experts with the following resources: 

  • In-depth gap analysis of existing policy coverage of water heaters;
  • Derivation of energy, CO2, and economic savings scenarios from the systematic move towards a more efficient mix of water heating technologies;
  • Country specific policy recommendations embracing a suite of policy measures including standards and labeling that will stimulate more efficient water heating technology. 

You can learn more about this study here and we hope you will join us on March 15 for a live discussion led by Dr. Paul Waide.

Please contact me at should you have any questions about this webinar. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Global LEAP, ClimateWorks, and CLASP Spearhead Groundbreaking Energy Access Program

The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)—a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy—is partnering with ClimateWorks and CLASP to launch an innovative program that will support efforts to extend renewable energy to millions of people throughout the developing world who currently live without access to electricity. The program will provide off-grid renewable energy service providers and other market stakeholders with essential information about cutting-edge off-grid-compatible appliances to create new market and policy opportunities and reach a broader base of underserved customers. 

Lack of information about off-grid appliances is a major obstacle to energy access.  Backed by a network of industry and development organizations, and built upon a robust product testing framework, the program will create an easily accessible online clearinghouse of off-grid appliances. Information on performance, design and market availability will be particularly useful to companies that sell off-grid energy systems. These companies currently have no reliable way to identify and procure off-grid compatible consumer products such as fans, refrigerators, and televisions. By also producing information usable by appliance manufacturers, policymakers, and investors, this effort will help create a more competitive global off-grid appliance market, and make a deep and lasting impact in clean energy access and sustainable development.

“By filling critical gaps in market intelligence, the program will enable off-grid energy providers to deploy a new generation of high-quality, super-efficient appliances that, when combined with off-grid energy systems, meet a wider range of customer needs and achieve significant development outcomes,” said Caroline McGregor, who leads the Global LEAP initiative.

Indian lady installing a solar panelAn estimated 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity, and another 1 billion have unreliable access. In India alone, up to 400 million people are un-electrified. These communities often use dirty, dangerous fuels like kerosene and diesel to meet their most basic energy needs. Efforts by development organizations and the private sector to deploy small-scale off-grid renewable energy systems have made great strides in providing “beyond the grid” households and businesses with basic energy services. This new program will help these efforts provide a wider variety of services to an even greater number of off-grid customers. 

“Making clean energy widely available in the developing world is fundamental to global climate and development goals,” said Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Program Director of Energy Efficiency at ClimateWorks. “Off-grid appliances are a huge part of the puzzle. We need to accelerate markets for super-efficient appliances and distributed renewable energy, and this program will help build both of these vitally important global markets.” 

Pairing high-quality, energy-efficient appliances with off-grid energy systems can reduce overall energy costs for the world’s poorest communities. Recent analysis found that pairing super-efficient appliances with off-grid solar reduced the price of energy service by up to 50%. While reducing costs, these appliances also provide a range of expanded energy services that enable significantly improved health, educational, and economic development outcomes for underserved households, businesses, and communities. 

“High-quality, super-efficient appliances are essential to the future of clean energy access,” said Christine Egan, CLASP’s Executive Director & CEO. “Because it will enable smart decisions about off-grid appliances, we’re confident that this program will fundamentally improve how off-grid clean energy markets function.”  


China Celebrates Energy Label's 10th Anniversary, Launches Smartphone App

On June 13th, the Chinese Government will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its highly successful appliance energy efficiency label, the China Energy Label (CEL). Leading up to the event, the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) has been promoting their new CEL smartphone application (or “app”) that will help consumers find more efficient products and serve as a market surveillance tool.

CLASP's research and input helped design the app to empower Chinese consumers and market supervisors with more information. CLASP is excited that the use of new smartphone technologies to assist shoppers in purchasing energy efficient products is beginning to emerge as consumer awareness best practice. China's Enegy Label smartphone app promises to further move the market toward efficient products, mitigating sources of pollution and climate change. Read more.


CLASP Welcomes Back Amit Khare!

CLASP is excited to announce that Amit Khare has returned to the organization as Program Manager, where he will develop and implement programs and projects across South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Before leaving CLASP in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Systems at Humboldt State University in California, Amit served as CLASP’s Program Manager for the SEAD Initiative in our India office. Amit is an emerging leader in energy efficiency standards and labels and related policies, and we’re pleased to have him back. Find out more about Amit.

We Have A New Domain Name

You can now find us online at Unlike the .ORG domain name suffix, .NGO is brand new and only available to verified nonprofits.


CLASP Is Hiring

Can you help us improve the environmental and energy performance of appliances and energy systems across the world? CLASP is growing and looking for individuals committed to our mission, for the following positions:

·Senior Associate

·Emerging Technology Associate

·Program Coordinator - Global Programs

·Finance and Operations Coordinator

Find full job descriptions for each of these on our careers page.




On January 7, 2015, the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative launched a competition to identify the most energy-efficient flat-panel televisions around the world.

The Global Efficiency Medal competition is part of the SEAD Initiative’s ambitious efforts to reduce energy use on a global scale.

Televisions account for 3 to 4 percent of global residential electricity consumption. Global award-winning products recognized by the first SEAD competition for flat-panel televisions, held in 2012, were 33-44% more efficient than televisions utilizing similar technology.

“Manufacturer innovation is rapidly changing television markets,” said Chad Gallinat, PhD, Chair of the SEAD Initiative’s Awards Working Group. “The competition will distinguish manufacturers that combine innovation for high quality and cutting-edge features with energy-efficient solutions that help consumers save energy and cut back on electric bills.”

Read more about the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for Flat-Screen Televisions. 

This new competition is the fifth administered under SEAD’s global awards program. In addition to televisions, previous awards also recognized super-efficient computer monitors and electric motors. Winners of the Global Efficiency Medal competition for efficient lighting will be announced in May 2015. 

The SEAD Initiative is a voluntary collaboration among governments, with the primary objective of advancing global market transformation for energy efficient products. SEAD is one of 13 initiatives of the Clean Energy Ministerial. CLASP serves as the SEAD Operating Agent.

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Improving Global Comparability of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels (Training Webinar)

10 September 2014

10:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CEST

Comparing energy performance requirements for appliances from country to country is difficult because of variations in product definitions, misaligned energy test procedures, and divergent efficiency metrics.  This complex landscape can prevent policymakers and technical experts alike from identifying or adopting global best practices in appliance energy efficiency policy. 

To address this challenge, CLASP and The Policy Partners, along with more than a dozen other technical product experts, collected data to compare appliance energy efficiency policies, test methods, and efficiency metrics for more than 100 products across nine economies – Australia, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United States.

The resulting analysis, Improving Global Comparability of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels, represents the largest and most comprehensive comparison of energy standards and labels ever compiled. Most of all, it describes which product policies are comparable across economies; which are not; and which could be. It is intended to provide policymakers and experts with useful tools for analyzing country data at a macro-level and to enable more informed decisions about the most appropriate policies.   

Join CLASP, the Policy Partners, and the Clean Energy Solutions Center for a webinar next Wednesday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CEST. The webinar will present an overview and key findings of the Improving Global Comparability of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels report, and how policymakers can use it.

Register for the Webinar

The full report will be available soon on the CLASP websiteContact us if you’d like to be notified when the report is available.


We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific Grove, California.  CLASP team members, representatives of the SEAD Initiative, and other partners will be presenting research findings through panel presentations and informal sessions.

Please consider joining us. More details on CLASP and SEAD activities are included below with a contact person indicated after each item.

We look forward to hearing more about your work advancing energy efficiency.

Warm regards,

Christine Egan
Executive Director & CEO

CLASP Presentations

Monday, August 18
4.00 – 6.00: Informal Session

  • Working Together: How Utility Collaboration Can Amplify and Accelerate Emerging Technology Initiatives (My Ton, CLASP) 

Wednesday, August 20
10.30 – 12.00: Panel 2: Do Labels/Rating Really Matter? 

  • Measuring Market Transformation: Quantitative Analysis of Energy Efficiency Labeling Program Impacts in the European Union, Australia, and India (Michael McNeil, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with CLASP)

Friday, August 22
10.30 – 12.00: Panel 9: Clothes Dryers

  • A New Model for Emerging Technologies: A Case Study of the Super-Efficient Dryers Initiative (Rebecca Foster, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, in collaboration with CLASP)

SEAD Presentations

Tuesday, August 19
2.00 – 4.00: Informal Session

  • Improving Outcomes from Appliance Awards Programs (Nicole Kearney, CLASP, representing the SEAD Initiative) 

8.30 – 10.00: Panel 9: Field Studies

  • Monitoring the Real World Usage of Network Connected Products in the Home: Experiences from the UK and Opportunities for Replication in the US and Other Regions (Nicole Kearney, CLASP, representing the SEAD Initiative)

Thursday, August 21
4.00 – 6.00: Posters Display Presentations

  • SEAD Technical Assistance on S&L Policies around the World (Virginie Letschert, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, representing the SEAD Initiative)
  • Superefficient Refrigerators: Opportunity and Challenges for Efficiency Improvement Globally (Nihar Shah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, representing the SEAD Initiative)


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August 2014
At the 5th Clean Energy Ministerial in May 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz named the winners of the inaugural Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards, a global competition to identify the best, most energy efficient off-grid TVs and LED lighting appliances.

High quality, energy efficient off-grid appliances are fundamental to global efforts to deliver small-scale, distributed renewable energy technologies – such as solar home systems and mini-grids – to billions of energy-poor people throughout the developing world. Super-efficient off-grid appliances use less energy than their inefficient counterparts, reducing the size and cost of the clean energy systems needed to power them. 

To help make sure that Global LEAP Awards winners and finalists reach and impact the global clean energy access market, Global LEAP is profiling the products in the 2014 Outstanding Off-Grid Appliances Buyer’s Guide.  The Buyer’s Guide helps SHS companies and mini-grid developers make smarter, faster procurement decisions by highlighting products that effectively balance price, efficiency, design, and reliability. Each product in the Guide has been evaluated by a panel of off-grid market and technology experts on the basis of laboratory test results, price, and off-grid-appropriate design and function. 

Read more about Global LEAP Awards and Energy Access

The Global LEAP Awards is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the ClimateWorks Foundation.


In collaboration with UNEP’s en.lighten Initiative, CLASP, as Operating Agent of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial, delivered a workshop on improving appliance energy efficiency in the 15 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The workshop supported the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy Framework announced in 2012. ECOWAS – which includes Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – is working to create a coordinated regional framework of appliance energy efficiency policy, reducing costs for participating governments by sharing resources and replicating successes.

Hosted by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the workshop featured two technical analyses conducted under the SEAD Initiative:

  • A comprehensive assessment on ECOWAS’ institutional capacity and policy framework (completed in collaboration with Econoler); and
  • The energy savings potential from implementing regional standards and labeling policies (completed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
Initial SEAD analysis suggests that the ECOWAS region could save more than 60 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year by 2030 by adopting best practice efficiency standards for primary appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, lighting, and other equipment. To put this figure into perspective, 60 TWh is nearly as much electricity as was consumed by the entire ECOWAS region in 2011.

SEAD’s efforts to advance this regional S&L initiative can result in multiple benefits. The energy savings achieved through more efficient appliances may mitigate peak loads and related power cuts, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver financial savings, boosting sustainable development.


China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of household appliances, lighting, and equipment, and has one of the most comprehensive appliance energy efficiency programs in the world. However, there are tremendous opportunities to capture additional savings through more stringent policies for major energy-consuming appliances.

CLASP recently published Appliance Energy Efficiency Opportunities: China 2013 that synthesizes – for the first time – technological, market, consumer, and international perspectives to identify further opportunities for energy savings and provide strategic guidance and policy recommendations.
The study indicates that tremendous energy savings are available through revised appliance energy efficiency policies for nine prioritized products, shown below. 

By revising standards to reflect the energy performance of the best products currently on the market, China can save 189 TWh of electricity per year – equivalent to removing 37 coal-fired power plants – in 2020.
This paper consisted of four separate technical and market studies that will soon be available on CLASP’s website:

  • Market Analysis of China Energy Efficient Product, completed in collaboration with TopTen China, Jeffcott Associates, and the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP)
  • Energy Savings Potential analysis, completed in collaboration with Kevin Lane Oxford, Ltd.
  • Benchmarking of refrigerators, completed in collaboration with Stricker Associates, Inc.,
  • Benchmarking of clothes washers, completed in collaboration with Consumer Research Associates, China Standards Certification Center, and Intertek

Read the full study

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Russia Launches its First Energy Efficiency Endorsement Label

On September 18th, representatives from the Association of European Business (AEB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) gathered in Moscow to recognize the launch of Russia’s first energy efficiency endorsement label.

The design and launch of the new voluntary label was a joint project by AEB and EBRD, the purpose of which is to stimulate investment in energy efficient equipment in Russia – reducing energy use, improving the quality of goods, and modernizing manufacturing processes.

CLASP provided international expertise and technical assistance on the design and operation of the labeling program. This was part of a collaboration between CLASP and EBRD on its EBRD’s Efficient Russia Equipment project.

The label will start appearing on appliances and building materials sold in Russia by the end of the year, and will function as a voluntary certification designed to inform consumers about energy efficient products and stimulate their demand in the market.


News from CLASP

SEAD Recognizes World’s Most Energy Efficient Computer Monitors; CLASP and Top10 Assess China’s Appliance Market; New Positions Open at CLASP.  


SEAD Global Efficiency Medals Awarded to World’s Most Energy Efficient Computer Monitors 

On September 10, the SEAD Initiative announced winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world’s most energy efficient computer monitors. 

Samsung and LG products took top honors in different size categories for commercially-available products. A Samsung display also won in the emerging technology category with a monitor 53% more efficient than comparable models on the market today.

By recognizing the most energy efficient monitors on markets around the world, the competition places top-performing, super-efficient products in the hands of early adopting consumers and spurs manufacturers to produce and sell more energy efficient products. 

“When consumers and businesses use these products, they are helping to reduce energy use on a global scale, while saving money,” said Graham Pugh of the U.S. Department of Energy, whose office is responsible for US leadership of the SEAD initiative.

Monitors account for up to 35% of a desktop computer’s energy consumption. If all monitors sold were as efficient as SEAD award-winning models, 15 to 20 billion kilowatt-hours of energy could be saved by 2020 – enough to power Washington, DC for nearly a year and a half.

Read more about the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition.

CLASP and Top10 China Publish Groundbreaking Market Research

According to a new analysis by CLASP and Top10, China could save 1,057 terawatt hours of electricity  – roughly equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from 15.5 million passenger vehicles – by 2030 simply by raising the energy efficiency of 9 domestic appliances to that of the most efficient models currently available.
Market Analysis of China Energy Efficient Products (MACEEP) is the result of a partnership between CLASP, Top10 China, and the China Sustainable Energy Program. In a unique perspective that combines market research and policy analysis, the study identifies where China’s appliance energy efficiency policies are not keeping pace with emerging technologies or rapid market shifts.
MACEEP is the first-ever third party analysis of China’s appliance market, drawing on independently-collected public data. The project team presented the analysis and associated policy recommendations to the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) in May of this year. CNIS has since used the analyses to revise five major appliance energy policies, which will achieve higher energy savings.

View the study on CLASP’s website

CLASP is Hiring! 
Development Associate

CLASP is recruiting for a Development Associate to assist with all aspects of the organization’s fundraising and business development efforts, with significant emphasis on growing philanthropic support. See full job description here
Program Associate – Global Programs

CLASP is seeking a Program Associate to support its initiatives on global appliance energy efficiency standards, labeling, and market transformation programs, including the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative and related projects. See full job description here
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Dear CLASP partners & friends,

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming EEDAL conference in Coimbra, Portugal this week. CLASP team members, representatives of the SEAD Initiative, and other partners will be presenting research findings through panel sessions and side events.

eceee and CLASP are hosting an informal session discussing the European energy labelling and ecodesign framework directives on Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday afternoon, the International Copper Association and CLASP are jointly hosting a workshop presenting the analysis of existing test methods and guidelines for internationally comparable test methods for heat pump water heaters.

A lady shopping for refrigeratorsPlease consider joining us. Additional details on CLASP and SEAD activities are included below with a contact person indicated after each item.

We look forward to hearing more about your work advancing energy efficiency and to seeing many of you there.

Warm regards,

Christine Egan
Executive Director & CEO

CLASP & SEAD Presentations and Side Events

Tuesday, 10 September
13:30-17:00 Side Event:
Wednesday, 11 September
14:00 – 15:30  Session 1.a International Cooperation:
  • The benefits of creating a cross-country data framework for energy efficiency (Alex Katzman, Enervee, representing the SEAD Initiative)
  • The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition: accelerating market transformation for efficient televisions (Kavita Ravi, US Department of Energy, representing the SEAD Initiative, presented by Stephen Pantano)
Thursday, 12 September
13:15 -14:00   Side Event:
14:00 – 15:30   Session 5.c Measurement Methods:
  • A proposed framework for moving towards international comparability of appliance energy efficiency policies (Debbie Karpay, CLASP, presented by Stephen Pantano)
16:00 – 18:00 

Session 6.a Focus on Developing Countries and Economies in Transition II:
  • Maximizing climate benefits through energy efficiency and refrigerant regulations for air conditioners: a case from India (Amit Khare, CLASP, presented by Stephen Pantano)
Session 6.d Residential Lighting II:
  • Comparison of omni-directional LED lamp performance: how do the IEA 4E performance tiers compare to current LED lamp technology in the United States (Christopher Wold, CLASP, presented by My Ton)
  • Product classification for LEDs: lessons learned from other emerging technology efficiency policies (Allison Fan, CLASP, presented by My Ton)
Friday, 13 September
08:30 – 10:30

Session 7.a Market Transformation Programmes I:
  • Monitoring and evaluation guide for green public procurement programs (Aure Adell, Ecoinstitut, representing the SEAD Initiative)
Session 7.c Standards and Labels II:
  • A market-based study on flat-panel televisions in China: implications for the product’s energy efficiency status, minimum energy performance standard, and national subsidy program (Jayond Li, CLASP)


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Dear partners and friends,
We're very pleased to share CLASP’s first Annual Report with you!

2012 marked many milestones and successes for CLASP and the appliance energy efficiency community.  
[Energy Tiger campaign in China] In June of last year, CLASP and the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program collaborated with China National Institute of Standardization to launch a public awareness campaign of China’s energy label.  Posters displaying the message ‘Beat the Energy Tiger at Home’ were posted in 10 Beijing subway stations, with an estimated 47 million passenger views.   
In partnership with the SEAD Initiative, we also launched the first Global Efficiency Medal competition, recognizing the most energy efficient flat-panel TVs in the world. The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal spurs innovations among manufacturers for the most energy consuming products, and gets these top-performing, super-efficient appliances to early adopting consumers. 
Read more stories like this in our Annual Report, produced in collaboration with Paula Owen Consulting  and Zuma. 
Many thanks to CLASP’s generous donors and implementing partners for making this work possible and successful.

Kind regards,
Christine Egan
Executive Director & CEO


Dear CLASP partners & friends,

CLASP is delighted to announce a new addition to our team. On July 24th, Fred Sherman joined us as Chief Operating Officer, bringing over 20 years of senior executive leadership experience in directing and planning finance and operations. Fred has joined CLASP’s Senior Management Team and now leads our Finance and Operations department.

Read more about Fred’s impressive qualifications.

James Termin, long-time COO, parted CLASP last month after many years of dedicated service. James began his non-profit career at CLASP in 2000. Following some intervening years, he rejoined our team as Chief Operating Officer in 2008, just in time to usher CLASP through a period of significant development and growth.

Over the past five years, James’ contributions to our organizational health have been innumerable. Beyond significant advancements to our infrastructure, technology, human resources, finance, and governance, James has functioned as an intrinsic member of the CLASP family. We owe James tremendous thanks for his commitment and talent.  

Please join us in welcoming Fred to CLASP and wishing James the best of luck in his future endeavors!

Christine Egan

Executive Director & CEO


Dear partners and friends,

We're very excited to share CLASP’s first video with you!  Produced in collaboration with Free Range Studios, this video tells the story of the appliances we use and rely on every day, charting the impacts of their energy consumption on our communities and the environment.

We hope you enjoy watching.

Kind regards, 




July 2013

News from CLASP

Read more about new activities launched under the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative.

SEAD Announces Competition to Identify World’s Most Energy Efficient Motors 

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal logoSEAD launched a Global Efficiency Medal competition to identify the most energy efficient electric motors around the world.

Electric motor-driven systems account for over 40% of world electricity consumption. They are by far the single largest energy-using product and are responsible for more than 6,000 megatons of CO2 emissions annually — equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 1 billion cars.

By recognizing and promoting the world’s most energy efficient electric motors, the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition will help buyers make informed purchasing decisions and spur greater innovation among manufacturers.

The electric motors competition is the third in this global awards program. The first Global Efficiency Medals were awarded to the world’s most energy efficient flat-screen televisions, and the second competition will identify the most efficient computer monitors.

Read more about SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for Motors.


SEAD Publications

SEAD Publication Cover The SEAD Initiative partners with international experts to analyze opportunities for greater energy efficiency in global appliances and equipment. SEAD and its partners conduct product-specific technology assessments and disseminate cost-effective policy solutions. 

Below are recent reports from the SEAD Initiative. For additional publications, please visit the Resources page at

            Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

            Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Navigant Consulting, Inc.

            Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

            Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

            Author: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Public Procurement Analysis

CLASP serves as Operating Agent for the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, under the Clean Energy Ministerial. In this capacity, CLASP administers the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition. For more information, please visit


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CLASP & SEAD activities: eceee Summer Study


Dear CLASP partners and friends,

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming eceee Summer Study in Toulon/Hyères, France this week.

CLASP team members, representatives of the SEAD Initiative, and other partners will be presenting research findings through panel sessions, poster displays, and informal sessions. Additionally, eceee and CLASP are jointly hosting a solutions workshop discussing the European energy labelling and ecodesign framework directives on Thursday afternoon.

Please consider joining us. Additional details on CLASP and SEAD activities are included below with a contact person indicated after each item.

We look forward to hearing more about your work advancing energy efficiency and to seeing many of you there.

Warm regards,

Christine Egan
Executive Director & CEO

CLASP Presentations

Tuesday, 4 June

15.00 – 17.15: Poster Session

  • Market transformation for clothes dryers: lessons learned from the European experience (Debbie Karpay, CLASP)

Wednesday, 5 June

9.30 – 10.00: Panel 6: MEPS and labelling

  • The new energy label: assessing consumer comprehension and effectiveness as a market transformation tool (Pernille Schiellerup, CLASP)

Thursday, 6 June

9.00 – 9.30: Panel 2: Policy instruments: standards and labeling

  • A global assessment of appliance energy consumption and coverage gaps in energy efficiency standards and labels (Debbie Karpay, CLASP)

14.00 – 16.00: Solutions workshop hosted by eceee and CLASP

  • How do we future-proof the European framework for setting MEPS and energy labels? (Pernille Schiellerup, CLASP)

16.30 – 17.30: Informal session (pending)

  • Degradation of energy efficiency as products age (Jim McMahon, as a CLASP partner)

SEAD Presentations

Tuesday, 4 June

11.00 – 11.30: Panel 6: Cost of efficiency

  • Energy efficiency appliance standards: Where do we stand, how far can we go and how do we get there? (Virginie Letschert, LBNL)

14.00 – 15.00: Informal session (pending)

  • Discussion of SEAD activities (Anna Lising, CLASP, representing the SEAD Initiative)

Thursday, 6 June

9.00 – 9.30: Panel 6: Testing, standards and promotion

  • Policy into practice: the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal (Anna Lising, CLASP, representing the SEAD Initiative)

10.00 – 10.30: Panel 1: Standards for the future

  • Driving market transformation and international collaboration through the SEAD Initiative (Gabrielle Dreyfus, US Department of Energy)

11.00 – 11.30: Panel 2: Policy instruments: options to finance energy efficiency

  • Trading appliance efficiency for electricity subsidies: the potential in emerging economies (Anand Gopal, LBNL)

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May 2013

Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards Launches Television Competition

Global LEAP logo
At the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial in New Delhi, the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) Awards Program announced a new competition to recognize the very best color televisions for use with low voltage, off-grid energy systems.

About 1.3 billion people worldwide live without access to the electric grid, the vast majority of whom are in the developing world.

Color televisions are in high demand in under- and un-electrified parts of the world, and cost-effective televisions often inspire households and businesses to purchase small energy systems to power them. These energy systems deliver significant energy access, environmental and socioeconomic development benefits.

Energy efficient TVs optimize those benefits by extending run times and leaving more electricity for other uses. They also require smaller power systems, which more people can afford.

A boy carrying a solar panelCLASP serves as the Operating Agent for the Global LEAP Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

For more information, visit the Global LEAP Awards website.


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News from CLASP

Read more about a new study that tests European consumers’ understanding of the EU energy label and the translation of CLASP’s MV&E Guidebook into Chinese.


New Study Tests European Consumers’ Understanding of Energy Labels

EU Refrigerator LabelA new study by Navigant Consulting for CLASP, published in May, 2013, shows that there in an opportunity to enhance the effectiveness of energy labelling in the EU by revisiting the label design. 

The study shows that European consumers understand most of the information on energy labels. But it also shows that some changes made to the design of the energy label in 2011 have reduced the effectiveness of the European energy label as a driver for product energy performance. 

The study comes at an important time, as Europe is reviewing its framework for developing energy labels and setting minimum energy performance standards. It draws attention to the importance of ensuring that energy labels continue to clearly communicate the difference in energy performance between product models over time. The study also indicates the importance of building on the label through in-store interaction consumers, as well as pre-testing labelling design with users.


能效标准与标识的监督核查和处罚:CLASP MV&E Best Practice Guidebook Now Available in Chinese!

MV&E Guidebook in ChineseIn collaboration with the China National Institute of Standardization, CLASP translated Compliance Counts: A Practitioner’s Guidebook on Best Practice Monitoring, Verification, and Enforcement for Appliance Standards & Labeling  into Chinese.


The Guidebook provides step-by-step guidance for policymakers and S&L practitioners to design and implement robust and effective MV&E frameworks. Request a copy of MV&E Guidebook in Chinese.


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