IEA cooperation on efficiency in international fora

As well as facilitating international cooperation on energy efficiency between its members and partner countries, the IEA contributes data, analysis and leadership to a range of international initiatives, partnerships and fora on energy efficiency.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international organisation supporting economic and social growth across Asia.

In 2017 the IEA and ADB agreed a memorandum of understanding to expand cooperation on energy technology assessments, energy data and statistics, energy efficiency, supply, demand and investment modelling, renewable energy deployment, and energy security analysis.

The IEA contributes regularly to the ADB-hosted ASEAN Clean Energy Forum and in 2017 and 2018, the IEA's Energy Efficiency Division chaired the energy efficiency track of the conference.

Find out about the IEA's broader work with the ADB.


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), established in 1989 in response to strong economic growth across the region, is an economic forum for 21 Asia-Pacific economies. The IEA is an official Observer of APEC’s Energy Working Group (EWG) and its daughter committee the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEEC), that promotes energy conservation and energy efficiency practices and technologies in the APEC region.

Find out about the IEA’s broader work with APEC.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental association comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In 2011, the IEA and ASEAN formally recognised their ongoing co-operation in energy-related activities by signing a Memorandum of Understanding focused on information-sharing, training and capacity-building on key energy priorities in the region, including energy efficiency. The IEA is an official Dialogue Partner of ASEAN and participates in the annual ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting.

In 2015, the IEA produced its Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for Southeast Asia. Since 2016, the IEA has been hosting annual energy efficiency training weeks  in Southeast Asia, to develop skills and create a Community of Practice amongst policy makers in the region. 

In August 2018, the IEA hosted a joint training event with the Singapore Government on Clean Energy Investment for ASEAN countries, which covered investment in energy efficiency, as well as energy infrastructure and renewable energy.

Find out about the IEA’s broader work with ASEAN.

Clean Energy Ministerial

With a Secretariat hosted at the IEA, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.

The IEA contributes data and analysis on appliance efficiency for the CEM’s Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative. The IEA also sits on the Steering Committee of the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) and acts as the Secretariat for the new CEM Investment and Finance Initiative (CEIF).

In addition, the IEA coordinates the CEM-hosted Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) and authors the annual Global EV Outlook


The G7 is an informal group of industrialised economies, originating in 1975 at a summit that brought together France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The summit became known as the G7 in 1976 with the addition of Canada. The European Union is also represented in G7 discussions.

The 2014 Rome G7 Energy Initiative For Energy Security and the 2015 Hamburg G7 Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security tasked the IEA and partner organisations with providing analyses and recommendations energy efficiency, amongst other topics. In 2016, the IEA worked closely with the Japanese Presidency of the G7 on these and additional topics, as outlined in the 2016 Kitakyushu Initiative on Energy Security for Global Growth. Energy efficiency was a key topic of the IEA Executive Director's keynote address at the G7 Ministerial Meeting in May 2016.

The IEA's most recent contribution to the G7 on energy efficiency was its 2017 report on market-based instruments for energy efficiency

Find out about the IEA’s broader work with the G7.


The G20 is a global forum of major economies (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America) and the European Union. It was started as a meeting of Finance Ministers in 1999 but was later elevated to a Leader’s meeting at the Washington Summit in 2008. 

The IEA contributes its modelling, analytical, data and advisory capacity to support the G20's work on energy efficiency, and actively participates in both the annual working-level and Ministerial meetings relating to the energy sector.

In 2016, the IEA provided support for the 2016 Chinese G20 presidency's Energy Efficiency Leading Programme, and in 2017 authored the report Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low Carbon Energy System, jointly with IRENA. Under the German G20 Presidency, the G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth highlighted the IEA’s role in supporting and facilitating a range of G20 actions for the energy sector transition.

In 2018, the IEA provided support on energy efficiency to Argentina, the G20 presidency, by:

In support of Japan’s G20 presidency, the IEA is working on G20-country specific analysis of energy intensity trends (through 2017), as well as outlook to 2040. This work, along with more detailed benchmarking analysis for key sectors and end-uses (e.g., energy intensive industries, cooling equipment, and transport), will be featured during the Energy Transitions Working Group meeting taking place in Tokyo in February 2019 as well as the Ministerial meetings in June 2019.

Find out about the IEA's broader work with the G20.

Global Alliance for Building and Construction

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) is an initiative launched at COP21, as part of the Lima Paris Action Agenda. It aims to mobilise all stakeholders, including member states and non-state actors from the Buildings and Construction sector to scale up climate actions in the sector. The GABC focuses on the achievement of the low-carbon and energy transition through fostering the development of appropriate policies for sustainable, energy efficient buildings, which allows a concrete value-chain transformation of the sector.

The IEA is a key member of the GABC and contributes data and analysis to the GABC’s annual Global Status Report on Building and Construction. The IEA is lead author of the 2018 edition of status report.

Global Fuel Economy Initiative

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) – a partnership of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Transport Forum of the OECD (ITF), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis, and the FIA Foundation – works to secure real improvements in fuel economy and the maximum deployment of existing fuel economy technologies in vehicles across the world. The Initiative promotes these objectives through shared analysis, advocacy, and the Cleaner, More Efficient Vehicles Tool for in-country policy support.

As a major partner of the GFEI, the IEA was the lead author of the 2017 GFEI Fuel Economy Benchmarking Study. The next edition of the study will be released in March 2019.

Find out more about the IEA's work as part of the GFEI.

International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation

With a Secretariat hosted at the IEA, IPEEC is an autonomous partnership of nations founded in 2009 by the Group of 8 (G8) to promote collaboration on energy efficiency. Its membership includes 17 of the Group of 20 (G20) economies, which represent over 80% of global energy use and over 80% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

The IEA collaborates regularly with the IPEEC Secretariat on energy efficiency related events and workshops, and also contributes data and analysis to IPEEC Task Groups.

Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme

The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) is a philanthropic collaboration launched in 2017 to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol and the transition to efficient, clean cooling solutions for all.

The IEA is a key partner organisation in K-CEP, providing analytical insights and hosting the programme’s “one-stop shop” for cooling-related policy and technology data and information, known as the Kigali Tracker.

The United Nations and the IEA are co-leads of a K-CEP funded Scientific Assessment of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.  The report, Efficient and climate-friendly cooling: A UN Environment assessment of development and climate benefits, will be delivered in early 2019. 

Sustainable Energy For All

As part of Sustainable Energy for All, the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform was established to support specific sector-based energy efficiency accelerators, including Lighting, Appliances & Equipment, Vehicle Fuel Efficiency, Buildings, District Energy, and Industry.

The IEA sits on the Steering Committees of the Industry Efficiency Accelerator and Buildings Efficiency Accelerator and contributes analystical insights and data to the Appliances & Equipment Accelerator, also known as United for Efficiency (U4E).

United Nations

The IEA works closely with UN on energy efficiency through a range of channels, including UN Environment, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and provides data for tracking progress to meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7.

The IEA is the main source of data for monitoring global progress in achieving SDG Target 7.3: To double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. In 2019, the IEA will be the lead author of the energy efficiency chapter of the Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report.

The IEA provides expert knowledge to the United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative that serves as the Appliance Accelerator for Sustainable Energy for All, for example, to support their development model policy regulations for certain types of appliances.

The IEA has supported the UN U4E/OzonAction Twinning workshops on energy-efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration and air conditioning, where national government officials for ozone depletion and energy policy are brought together to support them to develop better and complementary energy efficiency and refrigerant-phasedown policies.