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EDNA Terms of Reference

EDNA's terms of reference for the period 2017-2018 are summarised below.

Scope and goals

EDNA's goals are:

To monitor, measure, report and compare the extent of, and changes in, energy consumed by electronic devices and associated networks within Annex participant countries and other select locations

To support the alignment of government policies (including voluntary or mandatory approaches) which permit participating Annex members to minimise excessive energy consumption by electronic devices and associated networks.

EDNA concentrates on internationally-traded products identified by Annex participants.  This international cooperation focusses on delivering outcomes beyond what may be achieved by one country acting alone. 

The scope of the Annex is broad, including most types of electronic equipment and associated networks serving the information technology and related communications needs of consumers, businesses, institutions and utilities. This description is intended to include computers, televisions, telephones, supporting audio/video equipment, energy use monitoring devices and management systems, office equipment, and related electronic devices (including the “internet of things”) as well as the networks they serve.  

The Annex will have broad responsibilities to address particular aspects or functionality related to network standby that contribute to the reduction of excessive energy consumption by connected devices.  In addition to the emphasis on reducing the energy consumption of networks and connected devices, the Annex will also focus on, and operate in the context of, the broader energy saving opportunities offered by connected devices.

Approach

The Annex seeks to assist policy makers in the development, implementation and measurement of policy action of connected devices through:

1. Identify and Prioritise Devices: The Annex participants will identify particular categories of electronic devices where coordinated international cooperation will enhance efficiency outcomes or achieve other important shared objectives. The Annex may develop key criteria for selecting these product types (such as the degree of energy efficiency opportunities, internationally homogenous products/markets and national priorities) in their efforts to coordinate and prioritise policy actions.

2. Enhancing market knowledge: The Annex will enhance the ability of individual countries to gather, analyse and share market, technical and energy data, as well as policy information. This information sharing will improve the overall knowledge base for decision-making and will facilitate valid international comparisons. The rate of improvement or deterioration in electronic device and associated networks energy use can be quantified within and between countries, against the backdrop of the particular policies being deployed. The Annex will coordinate with the 4E Mapping and Benchmarking project in this area to ensure cooperation and collaboration where appropriate and to avoid duplication of tasks.

3. Enhancing technology knowledge: The Annex will enhance the ability of member countries and their nominated technical experts to understand the performance and energy cost of existing, new and emerging technologies impacting the energy use and/or performance of electronic devices and their associated networks. This will include understanding the energy saving benefits of connected devices.

4. Policy co-ordination and assessment: Building on the work undertaken by countries and groups previously, the Annex will report on and undertake agreed assessments of the policy approaches in progress within particular regions. For example, it may examine programs, policies and projects undertaken in Europe (European Ecodesign Directive, Individual Country MEPS), North America (DOE, ENERGY STAR®and the Californian Energy Commission), Australia (MEPS and Voluntary Action) and elsewhere. The overall objective of this will be to inform participating countries and others about alternative policy approaches being implemented and, where feasible, to provide information on the comparative effectiveness of these different approaches.

5. Make recommendations on opportunities for international alignment of policy approaches: The Annex will investigate and recommend actions that support the alignment of product test methods, international standards and protocols, energy use or efficiency metrics, product categories, energy performance levels and related technical work that can be used in voluntary or mandatory actions at a regional and international level.

6. Engaging with other platforms/initiatives: Where appropriate, the Annex will engage and collaborate with other international activities which cover related subject matter, for example the Connected Devices Alliances, the G20 Network Devices Task Group, and others.

Deliverables

The key deliverables from the Annex are:

1. The identification of priority types of electronic devices and/or functions, and the establishment of activities to progress the Annex goals for these particular types of devices and/or functions.

2. The development of recommendations, in consultation with participating governments (and industry where appropriate), regarding test methods, international standards and protocols, efficiency metrics, product categories and/or efficiency levels for priority devices in order to support the establishment of coordinated and effective policies in these areas and to facilitate international comparisons.

3. The compilation of market and technical data on electronic devices, in order to enable:

a. Estimation of current and future energy consumption in various modes, and comparing energy consumption with comparable products and/or components;

b. Tracking of the energy consumption of differing versions of electronic devices and associated networks, to report on improvements or differences between versions of devices from specific suppliers.

c. Tracking of other types of device data, such as product characteristics, performance, functionalities, efficiency and cost.

4. The identification of various practical policy approaches to improve the energy efficiency of globally-traded electronic devices.

5. Investigating and reporting on the use of protocols and management systems that minimise excessive energy use of connected devices.

6. Representing 4E’s interest at international meetings, e.g. in stakeholder and industry forums.