Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures Database

The global exchange for energy efficiency policies, data and impacts

"The IEA is working with Governments across the world to enact the right policies for enhancing energy efficiency. We know there is an appetite for focused solutions, and this is what our Efficient World Strategy offers."
Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director

Government policy is key to unlocking the potential of the Efficient World Scenario

The IEA’s Efficient World Scenario (EWS) shows that energy efficiency could deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits, but only if governments take greater policy action.

The EWS implies reaching high levels of efficiency in many areas, but also acknowledges that ramp up and stock replacement takes time. However, the scale up in policy action must start immediately and there are good examples of policies in all end-use sectors that can form the basis for greater action.

Regulatory measures will continue to be important but so will many other policies and supporting measures, including incentives for companies and individuals to reach greater levels of efficiency and initiatives that improve the availability of information on energy efficiency. Search the IEA’s Policies and Measures database to find good examples of this wide range of policies covering more than 200 countries and territories.

What is the Policies and Measures Database and how do I contribute?

Since 1999, the IEA Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures database has been an indispensable source of information on energy efficiency policies and measures and underpins much of the policy analysis carried out by the IEA. The database contains data on policies from IEA members, partner countries and beyond. While primarily focussed on national-level policy, the database also includes some state-level policies.

In 2019, the IEA is migrating and updating the contents of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Policies database. Please continue to access this data via the existing portal at for the moment.

The Efficiency Policies and Measures database is updated via IEA member and partner country submissions. To find out more, please contact