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Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy

International Energy Agency

About this course

Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy

Worldwide electricity consumption is expected to grow by 60 percent by 2030, driven in part by the increasing use of equipment, appliances, lighting and other energy using devices.

Energy-efficient equipment and appliances benefit both consumers and governments; increasing efficiency lowers energy costs, enhances energy security, helps expand access to energy services and reduces harmful emissions. In particular, recent evidence shows that energy efficiency policies have helped halve the energy consumption of key appliances in the longest-running appliance efficiency programmes. In the countries with the longest running appliance energy efficiency policies, the policies have contributed to reduction in energy consumption of key appliances by half.

This course aims to prepare participants to successfully advance appliance energy efficiency policy. It does so by introducing the fundamentals to effectively design and implement an energy efficiency policy package by integrating regulations, information, and incentives to move appliances towards higher efficiency standards. It was developed by the IEA in collaboration with the SEAD Initiative.

The course consists of seven modules that, together, provide a comprehensive approach to engage and challenge course participants to consider the many decisions and options involved in advancing energy efficiency policy. Participants in the course will, on completion, have a solid understanding of the “big picture” as well as the tools to leverage their own expertise to contribute to advancing energy efficiency in appliances and equipment.


The course lasts approximately 25 hours, and each participant is in charge of managing their learning experience.

Target group and participants

This course is intended for a diverse audience, catering to individuals such as policymakers, congressional staffers, NGO employees, business owners, and concerned citizens. It aims to encourage them to think critically about existing energy efficiency policies and explore avenues for enhancement.


Download and review the syllabus or learning guide of the course here

We invite you to join the LinkedIn group IEA Energy Efficiency Policy in Emerging Economies located here.

This LinkedIn group has been created for alumni of the energy efficiency in emerging economy training courses to stay connected, update one another on progress and strengthen the international community of energy efficiency policy practitioners.

As you take the course, we strongly encourage you to use this LinkedIn group to ask any questions you may have about its content and energy efficiency in appliances.

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Each module has a mandatory evaluation or activity that the participant must perform to complete the module.

From modules 1 to 7 there will be a final mandatory evaluation of the contents. These evaluations are 5-10 questions with 60 minutes to answer once it starts. To successfully pass these assessments, participants are required to provide accurate responses to a minimum of 75% of the questions. Each participant has 8 attempts to pass each of the assessments. To pass the course the participant must pass all the evaluations.


Launch of IEA’s Online Training on Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy