Technology Collaboration Programme

Advancing the research, development and commercialisation of energy technologies

The IEA Technology Collaboration Programme supports the work of 38 independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues.

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Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E)

The aims of the 4E TCP are to promote energy efficiency as the key to ensuring safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy systems. As an international platform for collaboration between governments, the 4E TCP provides policy guidance to its members and other governments concerning energy using equipment and systems. The 4E TCP prioritises technologies and applications with significant energy consumption and energy saving potential within the residential, commercial and industrial sectors (not including transport). To meet its aims, the 4E TCP harnesses the expertise of governments, industry, experts and other TCPs for joint research related to the development and deployment of energy efficient equipment.

Main areas of work

Key activities and accomplishments (2017-18)

  • Interlaboratory Comparison Programme for solid state lighting which includes 42 laboratories from 17 countries that support national and regional quality assurance programmes, vital to realising major energy savings.
  • Round robin testing programme for motor system converters in co-operation with the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Priorities and projects (2019-20)

  • Product Energy Efficiency Trends (PEET) will undertake research into global energy efficiency trends for major appliances and equipment and potential for future technologies.
  • Energy-using Systems: defining terminology and scope; and investigation of the most promising policy approaches to unlock the large savings potential.
  • Network Zero Devices: mapping a technology and policy pathway towards "network zero" connected devices i.e. devices that do not rely on the grid for energy to remain connected to a communications network.

Multilateral collaborations

  • G20 Networked Devices: the 4E Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) provides the Secretariat and collaborates with the Connected Devices Alliance (CDA), one of six initiatives under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan.
  • The 4E TCP works with international standradisation bodies to create high quality technical standards able to be referenced by national energy efficiency programmes.
  • The 4E TCP provides input to many IEA publications, including the 'Energy Efficiency Market Report', 'Digitalization & Energy' and ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress’.
  • The 4E TCP collaborates with the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative, the UN Environment Programme unitiative United for Efficiency (U4E) and other TCPs.


Why should your organisation become a member of 4E?

Members of the 4E TCP gain access to information and expertise to support their own policy development processes for energy efficient end-use technologies. Through collaboration with countries, the 4E TCP is able to provide authoritative global assessments and push forward standardisation, capacity building and new policy agendas.


Chair: Michelle Croker, Australia (

Primary contact: Mark Ellis (

IEA: Kevin Lane (