New Partnership for Efficient Electrical Appliances

Almost thirty countries spanning Latin America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa have expressed their willingness to join the Global Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership Programme, recently launched by UNEP, which seeks to accelerate the transition to energy efficient appliances and equipment.

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced in September a new initiative to accelerate the transition to more efficient electrical appliances and equipment in order to reduce the global demand for energy, mitigate climate change and improve access to energy.

A global transition to energy-efficient electrical appliances and equipment – including lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, ceiling fans, distribution transformers and information and communication technology (ICT) – would reduce global electricity consumption by more than 10%, saving  350 billion US$ each year and reducing global CO2 emissions by 1.25 billion tons per year.

“The launch of the Global Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership Programme is a step forward to aim a greener energy path globally. Switching to energy efficiency has become an imperative in today’s world where energy demand continues to grow. The current energy system largely based on fossil fuels is a challenge to global efforts to limit climate change” said the under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner.

If all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean should adopt and implement energy efficiency standards for refrigerators, air conditioners and fans, 140 terawatt hours of energy could be saved annually and greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 44 million tons.

Steiner concluded by saying ” fortunately, energy efficient technologies, expertise and policy frameworks needed to reduce CO2 emission rate to an appropriate level in order to achieve the target of 2°C are available and ready for deployment. This new partnership will help to implement and accelerate this process. ”

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