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

10 September 2014

The global landscape of product energy efficiency policy can seem complex and impenetrable. Comparing energy performance requirements for appliances across economies is difficult because of variations in product definitions, misaligned energy test procedures, and divergent efficiency metrics. To address this challenge, CLASP and The Policy Partners, along with more than a dozen other technical product experts, collected data to compare policies, test methods, and efficiency metrics for more than 100 products across nine economies. The resulting analysis, Improving Global Comparability of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels, provides policymakers with international comparisons of energy performance requirements and product coverage. This enables more stringent energy performance standards and energy labels policy based on the ability of products to achieve higher efficiency levels.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with CLASP, hosted this webinar-based training on improving global comparability of appliance energy efficiency standards and labels. Webinar panelist present an overview and key findings of the Improving Global Comparability of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels report.


Frank KlinckenbergFrank Klinckenberg, Director, The Policy Partners

Frank has been involved in establishing and shaping new policy frameworks and legislation in energy efficiency for more than 15 years. He has worked on Energy Efficiency programs in over 30 countries around the world, and has set up and carried out monitoring of numerous government policies. Frank has advised countries across the globe including India, the US, the UK, the EU, the Netherlands and the Russian Federation. As well as being a skilled strategist, Frank has a unique depth of understanding of technical and policy issues. He was Policy Director for one of the world’s leading standards and labels programs (the UK Market Transformation Programme), and Technical Director for CLASP. In 2000, he founded Klinckenberg Consultants and in 2012, he co-founded The Policy Partners, two consultancies specialized in providing targeted policy and regulatory advice to governments and businesses. As a consultant, Frank has worked on various projects related to energy and sustainable development for the Dutch and UK governments, the United Nations Development Program, the International Energy Agency, the Climate Technology Initiative, the Dutch national energy agency, and other governmental bodies. He is an experienced policy and regulatory analyst and often works as lead advisor. Frank’s work is theory-based and action-oriented, applying various innovation and policy design methods. In early 2008, Frank was appointed as policy director of the UK Market Transformation Programme, leading on all European and national policy and regulatory development activities for energy using and other products and materials, and in early 2010, as Technical Director for the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP). Overall, he has worked as an advisor on energy efficiency issues for more than 30 countries, excluding his work on European Union policy development.

Mia Forbes PirieMia Forbes Pirie, Director, The Policy Partners

Mia Forbes Pirie is an accredited mediator and facilitator, skilled at facilitating policy processes and experienced in negotiation and supporting dialogue between a wide range of parties. She has worked on two of the world's leading Appliance Standards programs: the US Appliance Standards Program (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and the UK Market Transformation Programme (the leading program in Europe). At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she led on TVs and Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits, as well as helping to build LBNL's Appliance Standards electronics capacity, specialization and reputation. On the UK Market Transformation Programme, she led on impact assessments, household appliances; and consumer electronics (CE) and information and communication technologies (ICT). She also played a key role in the UK's Government Standards and Carbon Budgets analysis, which sets the framework for government policy on Energy-related products for the coming years. As an independent consultant, Mia provided advice to industry affiliations such as the Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum (EEIF) and the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) as well as organisations including the United Nations and the European Commission.

Debbie Karpay WeylDebbie Karpay Weyl, Senior Associate, CLASP

Debbie Karpay Weyl is a Senior Associate at CLASP, managing global research projects and distilling technical results for policymakers. Debbie also provides programmatic support to the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition. Since joining CLASP in 2011, Debbie has participated in original technical research, dissemination and distillation of technical results for policymakers, and project management. Prior to joining CLASP, Debbie worked as a consultant to the US Department of Energy supporting energy efficiency programs in the United States. Debbie has a master's degree from the London School of Economics in environmental policy and international development.