An Opportunity to Change

International Workshop Global Trends in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Issues in Home Appliances By Rajendra Shende, UNEP DTIE, Paris Guangzhou, China 27-28 November 2008 It is pleasure to be here today with global gathering of friends, colleagues and experts from industries and governments for this workshop on Home Appliances. I would like to sincerely thank China Household Electrical Appliances Association (CHEAA) who has taken initiative in organizing this event. GTZ-Germany who is in fore front for promoting the environment friendly appliances is enthusiastic partner for this event and UNEP is indeed very happy to be working with both Chinese and German friends for making this timely event happen today. This event could not have occurred at more opportune time. The production and ownership of home appliances have grown at double digit rate over last decade in most of the merging economies .The world has  witnessing a dramatic change in all the spheres of life- political, social economical and environmental in last...
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