Southern African countries developing an action plan to leapfrog to energy efficient appliances


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Climate Technology Centre and Network
Energy efficiency

Southern Africa faces rising energy demands due to economic development and increased use of appliances, increased access to electricity and low availability of energy efficient household appliances on the market. As the region generates 75% of its electricity from fossil fuels, this growing electricity demand will also greatly increase CO2 emissions.

Several Southern African countries are acting collectively to develop an action plan for the region to leapfrog to energy efficient lighting, appliances and equipment.  Through support from the United Nations’ Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), governments, the private sector and other key stakeholders will collaborate to reduce regulatory barriers, develop consumer incentive systems and generate consumer confidence through improved market surveillance and product verification.

As part of its strategic partnership with the Centre and as an initial country assessment, DNV GL will assess the market potential in each of the participating countries for five priority products (lighting, room air conditioners, residential refrigerators, water heaters, distribution transformers and electric motors). By engaging key stakeholders, DNV GL will define the current situation, including supply chain maps, the benefits of a market transformation and opportunities for regional harmonisation. This work will inform concrete actions to capitalize on countries financial and energy benefits towards 2030.

This initiative was kicked off in Johannesburg, South Africa, with representatives from nine countries, including government officials, power utilities, manufacturers, and regional institutions.

Learn more about this energy efficiency collaboration

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