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

Monday, October 29, 2018

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 six months inception and preparatory phase of the project, i.e EELA-PREP, has started in August 2018 and will among others conduct baseline studies, develop the theory of change for the project, consult stakeholders, develop implementation arrangements and partnerships and validate the project intervention strategy.

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 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.

The main technical partners during the EELA-PREP will be 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



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