Top10 Global Annual Report 2011
May 25, 2012
Energy efficiency is key to sustainable development in developing countries, economies in transition, and industrialized nations. The Topten mission is climate change mitigation through market transformation towards energy efficient products. Topten is a tool to promote Best Available Technology with producers and retailers, to raise consumer awareness, and to inform policy makers.
Topten provides consumers and professionals with credible, up-to-date information on the most efficient products available on their local markets. The national Topten websites present information on specific product categories in a consumer-friendly way, using pictures, listing functions, availability and prices, and comparing total costs (i.e. purchasing price plus energy and water costs accumulating over the product's whole life cycle) with those of a non-recommended model that is also available on the market.
In 2011, the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) committed funding for Top10 China for the period 2011-2013. The Topten program in Europe, “Euro-Topten Plus,” funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe, will be continued for another three years, called “Euro-Topten Max,” starting January 1, 2012.
Topten also started collaborating with Alibaba Group in China, the world’s largest online business-to- business trading platform for small businesses. In addition, Topten entered into a partnership with WWF, the global conservation organization. In the United States, Topten launched the energy efficiency consortium Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Topten USA became a partner of the Energy Star Partner Program.
The highlights of 2011 were: Topten contributed to strengthening the EU energy label for air conditioners and televisions, thanks to test comparisons partly made in China. The ability to provide policy makers with current BAT market information is unique to Topten. In September, a study tour for ten Chinese policy makers, researchers and testing engineers from CNIS, CHEARI and CEI/CVC to Europe was conducted: meetings with researchers and policy makers were held and five testing laboratories were visited. A testing program with European laundry driers started in the USA. TopTen USA launched a pilot program with the retailers Sears and Kmart.
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