The CLASP Policy Resource Center was built to help energy efficiency professionals working in a multitude of capacities. These roles can include policymakers, non-government organizations, research institutions, and industry actors. To better understand how these different groups can use the CPRC to expedite their work, we present a few use cases below.


Many legislative bodies will write policies for products that are already regulated somewhere else. To reduce duplicative work and promote regional coordination the CPRC provides the most comprehensive database to help policymakers gain a solid understanding of how their region or others are already regulating the market.

“Natural Resources Canada has used the CLASP CPRC [formerly the S&L Database] to get a more comprehensive picture of lighting policy around the world.”
- Pierre Gallant, Natural Resources Canada

Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-governmental organizations and civil societies championing increased energy efficiency and access are often researching current market conditions in order to make predictions for energy demand. Analyses of different countries’ policies can help show gaps in regulation, find which countries need to update their policies, and reveal new opportunities for programs and interventions.

"The CLASP Policy Resource Center has been key for assessing the state of play of energy efficiency policies for cooling devices across countries with populations at risk due to the lack of sustainable cooling."
- Rosa Garcia, Sustainable Energy for All, co-author of Chilling Prospects

Research Institutions

The CPRC is a comprehensive tool that can help researchers assess national, regional, and global policy landscapes more efficiently. The detailed filter options allow easy comparison for whole categories or specific groupings, so you can find exactly what you need.

"The CPRC provided a foundation for our research on miscellaneous electric loads. We were able to easily access over policies from all over the world, which saved us a lot of time when conducting the initial research for our analysis."
- Josh Butzbaugh, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Industry Actors

Manufacturers are expected to comply with applicable efficiency standards, but transitioning to technology that meets these standards often takes time. While most policies allow time for industry to change over, understanding regional trends (and trends in markets of export) gives manufacturers more time and an advantage over less-efficient producers.

"Databases like the CPRC are very helpful indeed for global players like us who have to monitor regulations and tackle technical barriers to trade on a daily basis.”

- Franck Deschamps, Wilo