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IEA Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E)

The 4E Implementing Agreement is an international cooperation to promote energy efficient end-use equip­ment (4E). It focuses on household products, electric motors, lighting and electronic devices. The activities are carried out in three specific Annexes and a number of joint Mapping and Bench­marking (M&B) projects. The currently active Annexes are: Electric Motor Systems (EMSA), Solid State Lighting (SSL), and Electronic Devices and Networks (EDNA).

Short Description


In 2008 the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E) was established to support government efforts in designing and implementing policies for efficient end-use equipment. The member governments collaborate and coordinate activities to strengthen energy efficiency programs, by setting policies that reflect changes in technology and market conditions, expanding the scope of policies, and improving implementation and compliance through learning from the experience of others.

The objectives of 4E are:

  • Identifying and promoting policy approaches at the international level, based on results of the 4E Annexes and projects.

  • Disseminating research results, methods, and best practices.

  • Exchanging experiences and coordinating harmonized international policy approaches for end-use devices.

The structure of 4E is shown below:

Austria is a member of 4E since 2009. Austria currently participates in EMSA and EDNA. This work involves regular decisions-making and technical contribution to the projects and ongoing activities of the Annexes and of 4E.

The 4E Implementing agreement has an approved strategic plan for its second phase, from 2016 to 2019, with an expanded view towards various energy sources, as well as single products as part of larger systems and networks.

Ongoing Tasks

Completed Tasks

  • Standby Power Annex - SP Annex: The focus of this Annex included standby power in stand-alone and network products, by monitoring and reporting standby changes over time. Data collection, the development of policy recommendations and evaluation tools were important activities in the SP Annex.
  • Annex Mapping and Benchmarking - M&B Annex: This Annex focused on monitoring and comparing the product performance and their energy consumption between countries, and exploring the resulting opportunities to improve the energy effciency of products. Since May 2014 this M&B work is overseen directly by the 4E Executive Committee.


IEA Effiziente elektrische Endverbrauchsgeräte Annexes: Mapping and Benchmarking, Standby Power

Zeitraum: 2011 - 2012
Schriftenreihe 14/2013 W. Wimmer, Herausgeber: bmvit
Deutsch, 80 Seiten
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Annual Reports


IEA-4E Bright Spark Newsletter, April 2015

Herausgeber: IEA - 4E Bright Sparks
Englisch, 4 Seiten
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IEA-4E Bright Spark Newsletter, December 2014

Herausgeber: IEA - 4E Bright Sparks
Englisch, 4 Seiten
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IEA-4E Bright Spark Newsletter, September 2014

Schwerpunktthemen des Newsletters sind das Buch Mehr Daten weniger Energie, der Neueste Annex Electronic Devices and Networks, sowie die Aktualisierungen des EMSA und des SSL Annex.
Herausgeber: IEA - 4E Bright Sparks
Englisch, 5 Seiten
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Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America


ongoing (November 2013 – November 2017)

Contact Address

Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport Innovation and Technology (bmvit)
Ing. Michael Hübner
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien
Tel.: 43 (1) 71162-652922

engineering & management consultancy GmbH
Dr. Adriana Díaz
Schwindgasse 4/2 
A-1040 Wien
Tel.: 43 (1) 40 35 611-33
Fax: 43 (1) 40 35 611-16

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