Ahead of COP26 in November 2021, the SEAD Initiative and its partners are focusing on an ambitious initiative to double the energy efficiency of four key products that together account for over 40% of global electricity demand:
Doubling their efficiency in all 21 SEAD member countries can cut energy consumption by over 5,000 TWh, equivalent to removing more than 2,200 coal-fired power plants. These savings would avoid over 2 Gt of CO2 emissions per year in 2030, and produce additional benefits for air quality, health and jobs.
To do this, the UK as COP26 President and the IEA have launched the COP26 Product Efficiency Call to Action. It aims to strengthen the SEAD Initiative to support countries in achieving higher ambition more quickly, more easily and at lower cost.
As of September 2021, ten SEAD members have endorsed the Joint Statement: