Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Energy Efficient

pg. 15: a global platform for intra-industry cooperation on energy efficiency [bold in the original] via the addition of a private sector dimension to the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), potentially leading to a set of globally-accepted minimum energy efficiency standards on a limited but critical range of energy intensive industrial and consumer goods.

 

Readers' Guide Comment on “global platform for intra-industry cooperation” 


The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is an intergovernmental project that is managed by the International Energy Agency, an associated arm of OECD. As an example of integrating non-state expertise in policy formulation, this particular recommendation is quite explicit that the non-state Actors are to be from the industry and from the North.


Readers' Guide Comment on “potentially leading to a set of globally-accepted minimum energy efficiency standards”

Most international technology-specific standards are developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), by the European Economic Commission (ECE), and by private sector agreements. Both the ISO and the ECE have extensive private sector involvement in setting technical standards, such as those for energy efficiency.

Were GRI genuinely committed to enhanced involvement of non-state Actors in standard setting, it would have argued for the inclusion of specific international civil society groups and the financing for the participation of developing country officials in these technical standard setting bodies to ensure a more balanced participation of all non-state Actors.

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