U4E uses an Integrated Policy Approach to accelerate adoption
of energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipment.
The priorities and perspectives of key stakeholders – consumers, businesses, civil society and officials – are addressed in each of these areas.
Standards & Regulations
Standards specify energy efficiency and other requirements for a product to be sold in the market. Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), testing standards and definitions should reference international best practices. Mandatory standards are essential to market transformation.
Labelling and outreach support standards by ensuring that requirements are clearly and consistently conveyed. Labels affixed to products help purchasers understand performance and other attributes so they can make informed decisions. Outreach efforts raise awareness of the benefits and activities associated with market transformation activities.
Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement
Monitoring, verification and enforcement (MVE) involves overseeing products sold in the market, verifying compliance with standards and labels (e.g. by testing the products), enforcing these requirements, and reporting on the results so that consumers and businesses trust and benefit from market transformation activities.
Finance and Financial Delivery Mechanisms
Financial mechanisms support consumers to offset the higher purchase price of efficient products. Governments may utilise existing budgets or outside sources (e.g. fees, donors), while consumers may tap grants or financing options (e.g. loans, leases, utility bill assessments) to cover the incremental cost.
Environmentally Sound Management and Health
Environmentally Sound Management and Health considerations are crucial to ensure products do not cause undue harm to people or the planet during manufacturing, operation, or recycling/disposal. Potentially hazardous ingredients (e.g. mercury, toxins, ozone depleting or global warming refrigerants) must be handled according to global best practices.