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Leapfrogging Malawi’s market to energy-efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers

Context

Malawi is one of the first countries in Southern Africa to successfully unbundle the generation, transmission and distribution of its electricity sector.

Malawi already participated in the workshop, organized by the Climate Technology Centre and Network, on leapfrogging to energy efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. The need was identified to look at the potential for increasing the energy efficiency of products by providing a technical market assessment of current conditions and policies.

Like several other countries in the region, Malawi has an energy policy in the draft, but this is at a very high level, does not address any technologies, does not have any regulations, and provides no enforcement mandate.

CTCN Support

Assess the potential for increasing the energy efficiency of products in Malawi by providing a technical market assessment of current conditions and technologies (lighting, air conditioning, refrigerators, motors and transformers).

  • Validate the data collected by CTCN from stakeholders
  • Undertake detailed market assessments and feasibility of implementation
  • Develop a technology roadmap and action plan for promotion and adoption of the efficient appliance in the country
  • Propose draft minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labelling for refrigerators, procurement specifications for distribution transformers
  • Assist decision-makers and stakeholders to put the draft MEPS for refrigerators and procurement specifications for distribution transformers in practice
  • Gather information on financing lines and business models for financing energy-efficient refrigerators and/or distribution transformers
  • Develop a proposal for financial/market-based mechanism on energy-efficient refrigerators and/or distribution transformers

Expected Impact

Malawi has much to gain by adopting energy efficiency standards, regulations and technologies to ensure that, as it expands access to electricity, usage can be guided to be as efficient and therefore affordable as possible. Ideally, such regulations and market levers would be harmonized in the Southern African region to have maximum impact on the technology market.  

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