Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme

Sometimes referred to as the 'first fuel', energy efficiency offers all of the benefits of a clean, domestic energy source for emerging economies. These benefits include improved energy security, higher productivity and enhanced economic development. Given that energy demand in emerging economies is projected to grow significantly over the next decades, improving energy efficiency in these countries is more important than ever.

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013 predicts that the centre of gravity of energy demand will switch decisively to emerging economies such as the People’s Republic of China and India, driving global energy use one-third higher under the New Policies Scenario. This scenario forecasts that emerging economies will account for more than 90% of global net energy demand growth by 2035.

Emerging economies capture a growing share of global energy consumption today and in the future

The Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme is a four-year programme, established in January 2014, to support the scale-up of energy efficiency activities that generate economy-wide benefits in major emerging economies including People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, India, Mexico, South Africa and Ukraine. The E4 Programme is funded by the Government of Denmark and the European Commission.

The E4 Programme builds on IEA’s well-established energy efficiency portfolio of experience and analysis, including:

  1. Data collection, indicators and modelling on energy efficiency
  2. Energy efficiency policy design, implementation and evaluation

Reports, Publications and Policy Recommendations

The IEA has worked with regional partners to develop energy efficiency policy recommendations for four regions:

As well as the Energy Efficiency Outlook for South Africa – Sizing up the opportunity (2015)

Events and Training Weeks

EETW Group Photo (optimized)

The IEA Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Week is a 5-day training event dedicated to sharing experience with planning, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency policies in emerging economies. Launched in 2015, these events have now brought together over 400 ‘next generation’ energy efficiency professionals, primarily from government institutions and supporting organisations in emerging conomies.

The aim of these training events is to equip junior energy efficiency policy makers with knowledge and skills to be more effective in their roles. Participants become part of the international energy efficiency community with a large support network to call upon as they progress through their careers.

The energy efficiency training week programme consists of parallel courses on energy efficiency in the following areas:

The programme includes cross-sectoral sessions on assessing the potential for energy efficiency, tracking progress, communication campaigns and finance. In order to provide hands-on experience, participants take part in a site visit pertinent to the chosen course. Previous site visits have included Autolib, Bouygues, EDF and Schneider Electric.

The Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Weeks are made possible thanks to the generous contributions provided by the Government of Denmark and the European Commission.

Upcoming events:

Learn more and apply to attend upcoming Training Weeks: 

Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Training Week, 14-18 May 2018, Paris 

Presentations and Webinars

Past Events


Energy Efficiency Presentations

Our work on Energy efficiency