Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative (SEAD)

Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative (SEAD)

SEAD is an IPEEC task group and an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). Its aim is for governments to work together to save energy, turn knowledge into action, and advance global markets to encompass energy efficient products. It does so by accelerating and strengthening the design and implementation of energy efficient appliance policies, promoting the manufacture, purchase and use of more energy efficient products, and developing tools and product databases to implement programme changes. Read more


Leading members: Canada, the European Commission, India, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Participants: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative (SEAD)

Recent developments

Current activities

SEAD’s most significant accomplishments in 2018 include:

  • Executing the Global Appliance Testing Costs Analysis project to help stakeholders understand product testing costs, prepare comprehensive plans and determine appropriate resource allocation for compliance programmes.
  • Concluding a study on Baseline Evaluation and Policy Implications for Air Conditioners in Indonesia to help increase energy savings from the country’s standards and labelling (S&L) programme.
  • Delivering the SEAD Policy Exchange (SPEx) Forum, The Road to Low-Carbon Heating Systems: Key Barriers to Overcome.
  • Announcing the successful accomplishment of the Global Lighting Challenge, exceeding the campaign goal to deploy 10 billion energy efficient lighting products worldwide. 
  • Developing a new strategic guide for SEAD moving forward.


Over the past few years, SEAD has achieved a number of milestones:

  • Promoted the dissemination of efficient room air conditioners through the CEM Advanced Cooling Challenge, as well as accelerating the market adoption of high efficiency, high quality, and affordable advanced lighting products through the Global Lighting Challenge (GLC);
  • Held meetings, workshops, webinars (e.g. SEAD Policy Exchange Forum) in partnership with ministries and other organisations to promote the development and adoption of top performing products;
  • Delivered technical assistance to Indonesia to amend the existing minimum efficiency performance standards of room air conditioners (ACs); and
  • Developed a mobile application with India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for consumers to compare labelled products.

Related publications

Global Appliance Testing Costs Catalogue

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Advancing energy efficiency on the global agenda - activity report 2009-19

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