Phase 2 2012-2014

The Standby Power Annex was originally convened in 2009 for a three year period (Phase 1).  As 2011 drew to a close, delegates reflected on the achievements of the Annex and considered areas of standby power that still needed to be addressed.  The result was agreement that the Annex should continue until 2014 with an new and invigorated work plan (phase 2).   


Phase 2 Aims

The overarching aim of the new work plan is to:

  1. Support the development, alignment and implementation of policies that address the issues of energy wasted in low power modes for both standalone and networked products and;
  2. Ensure effective communication of work undertaken by the Annex, promoting the key outcomes and recommendations to policy makers and key stakeholders, thereby optimising the likelihood of harmonisation and implementation.


This aim while sitting within the principles set out for establishing the Annex in 2009, refines and clarifies the desired outcomes for phase 2 of the Annex.


Phase 2 Goals

The key goals of the new work plan can be summarised as:

      • Build on the development of the horizontal policy approach with the end goal of promoting a workable internationally harmonised policy framework. 
      • Deliver a network standby policy framework
      • Provide access to information and resources that deliver a knowledge base that will assist policy makers and stakeholders to reduce excessive energy consumption by products in standby modes.
      • Communicate the work of the Annex in an open and accessible manner, effectively targeting policy makers and key stakeholders.

Key Tasks

There are 4 key tasks that will form the work plan for phase 2:

Horizontal Policy Approach

The Annex commissioned report, Provision of a horizontal policy approach to standby power presented a recommended horizontal policy approach.  In order for this approach to “move from the recommendation made in this report to a workable, internationally-harmonised policy framework for standby power, several intermediary steps need to first be accomplished”. These steps will develop several tiers of hard limits and values, allowing countries referencing it to choose a level which is appropriate for their situation.  The key outcome of this task will be to provide both the information and an implementation procedure to allow a central repository that specifies several tiers of hard limits and values to be established.

Network Standby

The development, promotion and implementation of policy solutions to address the issue of networked products are of vital importance.  While the first phase of the Annex has established the scope and nature of network standby issues, the next step will be to develop a cohesive policy approach.  Elements of network standby are also being investigated concurrently by the IEA energy efficiency unit, SEAD network standby collaboration and the European Commission.  Therefore the annex has acknowledged that in developing projects in this area careful attention needs to be given to the work of the other organisations to ensure no overlap.  The key outcome of this task will be the development of a policy framework to tackle energy wasted by networked products in low power modes.

Data Collection and Dissemination

The Annex has successfully collected and shared data in the past, however it will be important that Annex members continue to share any self-funded data collections to assist others in evaluating policy success and monitoring changes in technologies and the market.  

Additionally participating in the development of an agreed international measurement methodology for network standby will be important.  Currently there is minimal data on energy wasted by networked products and as with standalone products, collecting and sharing networked product data will allow a better understanding of this problem and smarter policy outcomes.  Data will provide baseline and trend data to monitor the success of any policy developments.


Communication will play a key role in achieving the aims of the Annex.  The work conducted in the first phase of the Annex has seen a number of reports and research results produced.  Promoting the works and ideas emanating from the annex and particularly making the highly technical studies in areas such as network standby accessible to policy makers is crucial.  The Annex needs to promote the policy frameworks, data collection and evaluation methodologies it develops as best practice approaches.  Additionally the information gleaned by the Annex needs to be available in simple, easy to understand language and formats that are easily accessible via the internet.  The main goal of the communication strategy is to assist policy makers and stakeholders to make optimum decisions by keeping them up to date with the latest facts and research into standby power.

Major Deliverables

The main deliverables of the Annex for the extended period to February 2014 are summarised in the table below:


Relationships with other organisations

Building strong relationships both among the member countries and with external organisations is crucial when working toward global outcomes and in maximising gains from limited funds.  Working with external groups allows the membership to extend its work and ideas beyond the borders of those involved in the Annex.  In future, the work of the IEA energy efficiency unit’s network standby project and the SEAD network standby collaboration group will be of particular interest to the Annex.  The Annex would also benefit from maintaining a close relationship with the work being undertaken by the European Commission in developing a network standby policy approach.  Cooperation with any international organisation addressing standby power issues is not only important in terms of information exchange but prevents duplication of projects and tasks, avoiding the wasteful allocation of resources.


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