ASEAN-IEA Webinar: Improving Compliance for Cooling Products in Southeast Asia


Energy efficiency can play a key role in enabling a sustainable and clean energy future for ASEAN Member States while fuelling economic growth, job creation and enhancing peoples’ standard of living, while avoiding a dramatic increase in energy demand.

In 2019, ASEAN's buildings sector accounted for 23% of final energy use and 24% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, excluding emissions from manufacturing building materials (IEA, 2020).  In new and existing buildings, energy-consuming lighting, appliances and equipment systems commonly have a shorter lifetime than the buildings themselves and offer significant opportunity to reduce emissions. Space cooling is the fastest-growing energy use in buildings globally and in Southeast Asia, with electricity use for cooling in buildings across the region increasing 7.5 times from 1990 to 2017 and is set to increase.

Proven energy efficiency policy options for appliances and equipment, including minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), product energy efficiency labelling, and incentive programmes have the potential to reduce peak demand, improve energy security, reduce carbon emissions and consumer bills. To ensure the effectiveness of such programmes, Governments should ensure that robust compliance efforts form part of their regulatory programmes. These programmes help to ensure products meet consumer expectations, provide a fair and competitive market for industry and work to safeguards the integrity of the government programmes.

This Webinar will explore best practice for designing and implementing appliance compliance programmes and will feature a particular focus on cooling products.

Roadmaps Towards Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings and Cooling in ASEAN

This Webinar is part of a collaborative project between the IEA and the ASEAN Member States through the Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Sub Sector Network, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Centre for Energy and is supported by the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program Phase II (AADCP II) to develop regional roadmaps for buildings and space cooling. This event aims to bring together expert policy makers, compliance experts, academics, and engineers, as well as industry representatives from across Southeast Asia to share their knowledge and experience on energy efficiency compliance. Their expertise will be invaluable to inform the roadmap process.