Minimum Energy Efficiency Levels
Policy measure

An important message demonstrating the significance of energy efficiency was communicated at federal level in Brazil in October 2001 establishing “maximum levels of specific energy consumption (or minimum energy efficiency levels) for energy-consuming machines and devices produced and sold in Brazil” (ECLAC, 2010).

The law was drafted under the guidelines of Brazil’s energy policy and heavily debated, turning out to be an important institutional achievement for energy efficiency improvements in Brazil (ECLAC, 2010).


The instruments implemented under this legislation define minimum performance levels for three-phase electrical induction motors, compact fluorescent lamps, refrigerators, air conditioners and gas hot water heaters and stoves. Efforts to expand the same principles to other devices are well advanced. Hereby, minimal levels of functioning which in practice are mandatory have been established  (ECLAC, 2010).

No identified challenges.

According to ECLAC (2010), an important consequence of Brazil’s new energy efficiency programmes is that the nation’s National Energy Plan 2030 has taken account of these energy efficiency impacts and anticipates impacts of between 4.0 GW and 15.5 GW in electricity savings. These projected savings are a result of an expected 5 percent reduction in electrical demand due to technological progress, and another 5 percent as a result of energy saving initiatives.


ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: Santiago.