Southern African countries currently face three main energy challenges which are a rising energy demand due to economic development and increasing use of appliances, limited access to electricity and low availability of energy-efficient household appliances on the market. As the region generates its electricity with approximately 75% of fossil fuels 1 this increasing electricity demand will also greatly increase CO2 emissions. As a result of the economic development and the use of inefficient appliances and equipment, the electricity grid is becoming increasingly strained in Southern Africa.
Southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) asked the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) for support in developing country and prioritization assessments, which will provide the financial, energy, and climate potential of accelerating a market transformation for each of the prioritized products.
As part of this technical assistance, the workshop on discussing the steps forward in the development of a regional action plan on energy efficient lighting, appliances and equipment regulation and standards took place 12 – 14 September in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The workshop brought together key stakeholders, including the CTCN National Designated Entities, national utilities, the representatives from the Ministries of Energy and others. The event was jointly organized by the CTCN, the UN Environment’s United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative and the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
The CTCN technical assistance in Southern Africa is coordinated in the framework of United for Efficiency, which is a global public-private partnership that works with developing countries and emerging economies transform their markets to energy efficient lighting, appliances, and equipment.
It is expected that this assistance will help countries to prioritize relevant energy efficient products and concrete actions to capitalize on countries financial, energy, and climate benefits by 2030; improve energy productivity and possibilities for the region to cope with growing demand electricity and reduce grid instability, ensuring future economic development.
This CTCN workshop was organized back to back with the side event of the Directors of Energy Ministries organized by the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE).