United for Efficiency supports Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries to advance policies, strategies and actions for the phase-out of inefficient air conditioners, refrigerators and lighting. Emphasis is on an integrated policy approach so that a transition can be sustained by the regional market without continued external support or resources.
United for Efficiency works closely with SADC’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) to coordinate, and maximise the effectiveness of, activities in the region.
Energy-efficient lighting, appliances and equipment could save SADC member countries annually:
OVER 20 TWH OF ELECTRICITY
equivalent to 10 power plants (500 MW)
ALMOST 2 BILLION US$
in reduced electricity bills
OVER 18 MILLION TONNES OF
CO2 EMISSIONS, equivalent
to taking 10 million
passenger cars off the road
To see full details of the savings potential of the region as a whole, click on the link below.
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MINIMUM ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND LABELLING
The objective of this GCF-funded project in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe is to put in place minimum energy performance standards and a labelling scheme which will create an enabling policy and regulatory environment for refrigerators and distribution transformers. This will transform markets to energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers and ultimately reduce the strain on the electricity grid, increase disposable income for householders and potentially reduce GHG emissions.
- Conduct a market assessment in each of the countries
- Set up and convene technical committees
- Develop national policy roadmaps, including monitoring, verification and enforcement plans
- Conduct consumer awareness campaigns
- Conduct trainings and capacity building workshops and trainings of trainers
- Develop minimum energy performance standards and labels
- Identify and develop financing mechanisms and options
REGIONAL EAC-SADC PROJECT ON ENERGY EFFICIENT COOLING APPLIANCES
This joint EAC and SADC GCF Readiness Programme-funded project aims to develop a policy framework for energy-efficient and climate friendly refrigerators and air conditioners, with the ultimate goal to implement minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labelling for these products in both regions. Transitioning to energy efficient air conditioners and refrigerators will result in an enormous reduction in the electricity demand in EAC and SADC, and working closely with the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE) and SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) on the project will multiply the effect on the ground through a broader regional collaboration.
- Conduct a regional market assessment covering the 21 countries in the two regions
- Engage with technical committee and organize technical committee meetings
- Develop technical notes on refrigerating appliances and air conditioners
- Develop draft standards for MEPS and labels
- Provide technical assistance on implementation by subset of countries
No key documents from project partners are available at this time
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