In 2017, CLASP received a grant from U.S. Department of State, implemented under the Asia EDGE Initiative. The Asia EDGE Air Conditioning Energy Efficiency and Compliance project supports the Lower Mekong partner countries and greater ASEAN region in implementing sustainable energy policies. Under this project, CLASP conducted regional workshops to build greater awareness of the benefits of more efficient air conditioners and developed Market Surveillance for Air Conditioners: Voluntary Guidelines for ASEAN Member States. The Guidelines provide best practices for policymakers and compliance practitioners who are designing or implementing market surveillance activities. The project also strengthened regional testing capacity for compliance through an inter-laboratory comparison exercise in Vietnam. Last, CLASP collaborated with agencies in Cambodia and Lao PDR, providing technical assistance to design policy compliance and enforcement frameworks that will accelerate implementation of energy-efficiency policies.
In 2017, CLASP was awarded an £18 million grant from the UK’s Department for International Development, now the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), for a five-year program to accelerate the global market for highly energy-efficient appliances and technologies. The Low-Energy Inclusive Appliances program supports research, innovation, and market-scaling interventions to grow the market for high-performing appliances and advance access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people.