Vanuatu has set ambitious targets of reaching 100% renewable energy for electricity production by 2030, requiring 15% energy savings through energy efficiency measures. However, progress towards achieving such measures requires effective policies, relevant legislation, information-based planning, and private sector participation, amongst others, to facilitate activities towards meeting the national energy targets.
The urban household appliance and energy use survey in 2013 indicated that many appliances currently used in households, including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and lighting products are outdated and highly inefficient. Therefore, Vanuatu has introduced legislations on labelling and standards for appliances with the assistance of the Pacific Community (SPC) Pacific Appliance and Labelling Standards (PALS) Project (2012 – June 2019). The labelling and standards regulations were adopted in 2017 and has since been implemented and enforced. However, the impact of the programme to the nation has not been quantified, and the effectiveness has been undermined by a missing monitoring, evaluation and enforcement plan, as well as missing financial schemes to incentivize the uptake in households.
Conduct a technical market and policy assessment in order to identify challenges and bottlenecks to the effectiveness of the standards and labelling programme, and support the introduction of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and enforcement plan as well as of targeted financial mechanisms to accelerate the uptake of energy efficient appliances in Vanuatu.
This technical assistance will contribute to the transition to energy efficient appliances (household refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and lighting products) by making the current standards and labelling programme for appliances more efficient. Vanuatu will be able to increase the enforcement of and compliance with standards and labelling legislations. The identified financing mechanisms will accelerate the purchase of energy efficient appliances through incentivization of consumers.