Accelerating the global transition to high-efficiency products
U4E is a global effort supporting developing countries and emerging economies to move their markets to energy-efficient appliances and equipment.
Under the leadership of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), U4E brings together all key stakeholders active in the area of product efficiency. U4E:
- Informs policy makers of the potential environmental, financial and economic savings of a transition to high-efficiency products;
- Identifies and promotes global best practices in transforming markets;
- Offers tailored assistance to governments to develop and implement national and regional strategies and projects to achieve a fast and sustainable market transformation.
U4E builds on the success of the en.lighten initiative, which accelerates the transition to efficient lighting worldwide. It broadens the scope to six other high-efficiency product categories, such as commercial, industrial and outdoor lighting, residential refrigerators, room air conditioners, electric motors, distribution transformers, and information and communication technologies.
Reducing global electricity demand and mitigating climate change
U4E focuses primarily on developing countries and emerging economies, where electricity demand is set to more than double by 2030. An increasingly urbanized and growing middle class will require modern conveniences such as lighting, appliances and equipment. This will ultimately boost greenhouse gas emissions. A global transition to high-efficiency products will make it possible for people to enjoy the benefits of their increased incomes while minimizing their impact on climate change.
A public-private partnership
U4E is a public-private partnership led by UNEP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Copper Association (ICA), CLASP and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with the support of other international partners.