Only 27.4% of the total population in Mozambique have access to electricity. This figure drops down sharply in rural areas where the access to electricity is only about 3%. The government of Mozambique is putting large efforts to expand the electricity network. While Mozambique has significant generation potential, the distribution of power to Mozambique’s population is extremely expensive due to the large size of the country and its dispersed settlement patterns. Due to poor connectivity and inadequate transmission network within the country, part of Mozambique exports power to Eskom (in South Africa), which in turn sells the power back to southern Mozambique at an increased rate and incurring high technical, financial and national security implications. Low efficient appliances and electricity-using equipment result in huge losses, which bring a heavy burden on the government’s budget (electricity is subsidized) and hampers the country’s electrification potential. The lack of information and awareness, lack of dedicated policies for energy efficient products and appliances including absence of minimum energy performance standards prevents Mozambique from inducing a sustainable market transformation in favor of higher efficiency products.
- Develop a technology roadmap and action plan for promoting and adoption of efficient appliance;
- Propose draft minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labeling for energy efficient appliances and refrigerators;
- Assist decision makers and stakeholders to put the draft MEPS for energy efficient lighting and refrigerators;
- Gather information on financing lines and business models for financing energy-efficient appliances and refrigerators;
- Develop proposal for financial/market-based mechanism on energy-efficient lighting and refrigerators.
By creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment for refrigerators and distribution transformers, the project will support the country’s ambitious electrification plan, reduce pressure on the government budget, and reduce GHG emissions.