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The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) United for Efficiency (U4E) initiative, the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE) and SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) are working together to support the harmonization of MEPS on room air conditioners and residential refrigerators (cooling products) in the East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions.


Women, men, girls, and boys are equally important for the transformation of the EELA market in East and Southern Africa. Moreover, women are the main users of household products, and they are also strongly affected by low-quality and inefficient products, which can, for example, impact their health. However, studies show that over 68% of the people who purchase the appliances are men, women are rarely involved in deciding on the appliances to be purchased [Energia 2020].


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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization (SIDS DOCK), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers (GN-SEC), jointly announce the hosting of the webinar “Ocean  Energy Technologies for Blue Economies in Sm


The Ministers Responsible for Energy, and for Water from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met on 30th October 2020 through video conferencing hosted by the Republic of Mozambique.


Private sector engagement is crucial in accelerating the adoption of energy efficient lighting and appliances and ensuring sustainability. Energy users from both, the public and private sectors, seeking to make new or replacement investments in efficient appliances and equipment, often face a number of barriers including the high upfront costs of the products,  inability to access affordable funding with an appropriate tenure, competing budgetary commitments as well as limited technical skills.


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