Appliances & equipment

Growth in energy use by household appliances shows no signs of decelerating, yet only one-third of appliance energy use today is covered by mandatory performance standards.

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Consumption by household appliances and plug loads by region in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030

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Only one-third of appliance energy use today is covered by mandatory performance standards

Growth in energy use by household appliances shows no signs of decelerating, having reached more than 3 000 TWh in 2018, or nearly 15% of global final electricity demand. Only one-third of appliance energy use today is covered by mandatory performance standards, and coverage is poor in markets that are expected to grow rapidly in the next decade. Consumer electronics, connected devices and other small plug-loads, which are proliferating rapidly, continue to be unregulated in most countries. Expanded policy coverage and increased stringency are needed in all countries to get on track with the Sustainable Development Scenario.