The first Topten Latin America Workshop took place in March 2013 in São Paulo (Brazil).

Topten is an independent international program to create a dynamic benchmark for the most energy efficient products. In 20 countries around the world, Topten presents the best products on national markets for an increasing range of electric products. Topten is neutral, rigorous and transparent in that there is no influence from manufacturers or retailers and the selection methodology is explained online. Apart from consumer information, Topten aims at providing policy recommendations based on its overview on the high efficiency product market.

The aim of the workshop was to establish a collaboration network among countries in Latin America interested in joining this global effort. The workshop was supported by the Swiss Government (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO) and WWF Switzerland.
Participants from 9 Latin-American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Uruguay) and from USA and Switzerland, took part in this event. The Swiss Ambassador and Consul in Brazil participated, as well. The participants represented private companies, governments, NGOs, international organizations and universities. The total number of participants was 42.

The objectives of the workshop were:

• Explain the concept of Topten.
• Learn from the experience and knowledge existing in Latin America and from ongoing programs.
• Exchange knowledge and find potential partners for the development of Topten in Latin America.

There were theoretical presentations, but also working groups allowing exchanging knowledge, experiences, ideas and proposals of each of the countries represented. The organizers considered this first Topten workshop as a successful first step on the road to establishing Topten in Latin America. In the coming months, the Topten team will analyze the challenges and opportunities of each country to establish an implementation roadmap