“Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in EAC and SADC” (EELA)

Monday, October 29, 2018

EAC and SADC regions are battling low levels of access to clean and affordable energy services as well as energy insecurity due to low generation capacity and in some parts inefficient grids. The use of low quality and inefficient products is providing sincere constraints to the electricity markets in the regions. Demand-side management (DSM), implemented mainly by state owned utilities and coordinated by the power pools, has been adopted by EAC and SADC as the quickest and cheaper option to mitigate low energy security. However, these measures have often been adopted on an ad-hoc approach and the markets have not yet undergone a sincere transformation.

It is against this background that the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in cooperation with institutions of the East African Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its partner organisations, have launched a project on “Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in EAC and SADC” (EELA). The project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The EELA project seeks to promote a market transformation for energy efficient lighting and appliances in the EAC and SADC regions. More specifically, the project aims to create market and institutional conditions to enable a transformation of the sector to stimulate increased diffusion of efficient lighting products and appliances across all sectors. The EELA project will bring regional support to private sector-led activities that will lead to increased use of energy efficient high quality lighting and appliances through regional regulatory and trade harmonization interventions; while also considering inclusiveness of all project activities to assure socially sustainable project outcomes. Ultimately, the EELA project will increase access to modern energy services across various sectors and promote private sector involvement.

A preparatory phase of the project, i.e EELA-PREP, started in August 2018 and resulted among others in conducting baseline studies, developing the theory of change for the project, consulting stakeholders, developing implementation arrangements and partnerships and in the validation of the project intervention strategy.

The full EELA project started in June 2019 with a duration of 5 years.

Partner structure of EELA

The main regional partners for UNIDO during the EELA-PREP phase are the regional subsidiary bodies and institutions of SADC and EAC, such as SACREEE, the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (www.sacreee.org), EACREEE, the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (www.eacreee.org), the SADC Organisation for Standardisation (SADCSTAN), the East African Standards Committee (EASC) and further institutions who will play a key role in transforming the regional energy efficient lighting and appliances market.

Technical partners include CLASP (www.clasp.ngo), the Swedish Energy Agency (www.sea.org ) and the Swedish Standard Institute (www.sis.org).


A first workshop was held with all Member States on 23/24 October 2018 in Windhoek

The regional consultation and validation workshop for the EELA PREP phase took place on 11/12 February 2019 in Dar es Salaam


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