Improving energy performance metrics to maximize the benefits of disruptive technologies
Advances in appliance and equipment systems' technologies also cause changes in their technical characteristics
that can affect energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Energy performance evaluation
methods that use testing and metrics can evolve to account for energy consumption contributed from new
technological characteristics. However, there is no systematic effort to enable the advancement of test procedures
and performance metrics to maximize the energy, climate, and financial benefits of disruptive technologies.
Therefore, it is important for countries to regularly update their energy-efficiency policy programs, such as
standards and labels, by improving test procedures and metrics to reflect the innovation in emerging technologies
as well as to mitigate the risk of deploying obsolete technology. This paper shows how energy performance
metrics have been improving in selected appliances and equipment and provides insights to design a systematic
effort to improve metrics and test procedures at the speed of ongoing changes in technologies and markets.