Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme

The Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Programme was established by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2014 to support emerging economies in their efforts to scale up and capture the benefits of energy efficiency. 

Energy efficiency offers all of the benefits of a clean, domestic energy source for emerging economies, including improved energy security, higher productivity, and enhanced economic development. The World Energy Outlook sees more than 95% of growth in primary energy occuring outside OECD countries in the coming decades. Majority of consumption will be in a small number of emerging economies. Improving energy efficiency in these countries is now more important than ever.

2040 Energy Demand (EJ) in the New Policies Scenario


Source: World Energy Outlook 2017

The E4 Programme supports three levels of engagement with target countries and regions:

  1. Country-specific analysis
  2. In-depth and hands-on country support for energy efficiency policy deployment, and
  3. Multi-country engagement, analysis, shared learning, and capacity building

The E4 Programme is demand driven and works with each target country government based on both their areas of interest and where the IEA can add most value. These include projecting the potential for energy efficiency to inform national policy; tracking progress against targets; assessing impacts of potential and existing policies; and adapting existing and designing new polices to achieve greater impacts.

The programme is also increasingly working with countries on quantifying and communicating the multiple benefits of energy efficiency with the objective of engaging leaders, ministries of finance and economy, as well as other influential stakeholders. The concept of Energy Efficient Prosperity aligns well with the social development and economic growth agenda of the emerging economy governments.

The E4 Programme is enriching the IEA’s ongoing portfolio of work by feeding lessons learned and data collected from emerging economies back into IEA analysis and publications, such as the Energy Efficiency Market Report, the World Energy Outlook, and Energy Technology Perspectives.

Phase 1 of the E4 Programme was made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Government of Denmark and the European Commission. Phase 2 of the E4 Programme is continuing as part of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Programme and is funded through generous contributions from the Governments of Denmark and Switzerland.

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