Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) in partnership with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) and the International Copper Association (ICA) is providing technical services for the implementation of GCF Readiness projects with Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) through United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on national frameworks for leapfrogging to energy-efficient appliances and equipment in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe through regulatory and financing mechanisms. The objectives of the technical assistance projects are to improve the country programming process regarding refrigerators and distribution transformers and strengthen climate finance strategies and pipeline.
The projects aim to put in place mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and a labelling scheme, which will create an enabling policy and regulatory environment for refrigerators and distribution transformers in Southern Africa. In addition, the projects will include key components such as national policy roadmaps and enabling environments for the implementation of standards and labels, appropriate financing mechanisms to accelerate the deployment of energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers, and strengthened national capacity to develop standards and labels for other appliances in future.
This will transform markets to energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers and ultimately reduce the strain on the electricity grid, increase disposable income for householders and potentially reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. The activities are being coordinated with similar Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness projects in four additional Southern African countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Tanzania) and also regional harmonisation efforts, which are being coordinated by UNEP’s United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative.
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