United for Efficiency, or U4E, is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment) and other major agencies, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The program essentially aims to move countries and economies to become energy-efficient in collaboration with international companies.
This includes helping governments develop and implement national and regional strategies to improve their energy efficiency – an important element in the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, agreed in 2016, to limit the pace of climate change. The partnership focuses on six product categories, including distribution transformers and electric motors, with the aim of accelerating and encouraging the uptake of energy-efficient electrical products.
As one of the world’s largest makers of transformers and electric motors, ABB has been offering expertise, insight and financial support to U4E for the past 18 months and has now committed to the second phase of the program for a further three years.