Appliances

Appliances

Improving energy efficiency of appliances benefits U.S., China and the world and decreases pollution worldwide

Since 1996, the China Energy Group has worked closely with multiple institutions in China to develop and strengthen China's mandatory efficiency standards, work that will benefit the U.S., China, and the world. China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of key energy-consuming equipment, producing over 70% of room air conditioners and exporting the largest volume of refrigeration and laundry equipment in the world.

Our early work focused on technical assistance in the development of standards and the voluntary labeling criteria, and we provided trainings on international techno-economic analytical tools and best practices. Within the last decade, as China's domestic market for appliances and equipment has grown rapidly with urbanization and economic development, its efficiency standards and labeling programs have expanded to include a mandatory energy information label and to cover many more products. 

As of 2017, China had mandatory energy efficiency standards for 62 products and mandatory energy information labels for 33 products. As China's own technical competence has grown, Berkeley Lab's assistance has extended to areas such as enforcement testing, laboratory round-robin testing, policy impact assessments and strengthening the framework for developing standards and labeling. Our researchers have shown that total annual energy savings of China’s standards and labeling program are projected to reach 830 TWh in 2030, the equivalent of the output of nearly 8 Three Gorges Dams or 173 large Chinese coal-fired power plants. 

Kigali Amendment

Reducing air pollution worldwide

Berkeley Lab contributed critical insights that helped advance the October 2016 global pact to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, benefiting countries worldwide as a result of reduced air pollution. Our research and technical support to policymakers during meetings ahead of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol enabled them to arrive at that landmark agreement.

HFCs are the fastest-growing greenhouse gases, increasing up to 15 percent annually, and are thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) at warming the planet. Since HFCs are short-lived in the atmosphere, curbing their use can offer immediate impacts.

We help develop energy standards to improve appliance efficiencyAs of 2017, China had mandatory energy efficiency standards for 62 products and mandatory energy information labels for 33 products.  As China's own technical competence has grown, Berkeley Lab's assistance has extended to areas such as enforcement testing, laboratory round-robin testing, policy impact assessments and strengthening the framework for developing standards and labeling. Our researchers have shown that total annual energy savings of China’s standards and labeling program are projected to reach 830 TWh in 2030, the equivalent of the output of nearly 8 Three Gorges Dams or 173 large Chinese coal-fired power plants.

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