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Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in EAC and SADC (EELA)

2019 - 2024

Implementing agencies
Southern African Development Community Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) 

African partners
Regional Organisation

Names of African partners involved
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE), Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) and CLASP

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Mauritius

Energy Efficiency

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream), Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Policy support / institution building, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
To support the development of vibrant markets where suppliers are delivering high-quality services and products for energy efficient lighting and appliances to increasingly aware households, businesses and public facilities across East and Southern Africa.

Main activities

MARKET INCENTIVES will be put in place to stimulate the uptake of energy efficient lighting and appliances. The project will offer supply chain actors technical assistance and financial incentives to deliver efficient and high quality energy services.

POLICIES AND REGULATIONS for energy efficient lighting and appliances will be improved through the project, with an eye on making them gender and climate responsive. This will involve developing a regional framework for lighting and harmonised Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for various product groups. It will also involve addressing environmental issues such as the safe ‘end of life’ disposal of lighting and appliances, including disassembly and recycling.

BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF GOVERNMENTS standards setting and accreditation bodies, as well as testing facilities and the private sector will also be an important part of the programme through workshops, webinars and other events. A network for sharing knowledge within the regions will be established. In particular, the project will offer testing centres support with equipment and capacity building.

RAISING AWARENESS about the benefits of efficient technologies amongst market players, policy makers and consumers will be critical. Through the project, public information campaigns using TV, radio, social channels and outreach events will
promote the multiple benefits of switching towards energy efficient lights and appliances, addressing women and men equally.



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