The compliance framework, which is being developed under the EELA Project, will support the implementation of the regionally harmonised energy efficiency standards for lighting products and appliances.
The implementation and enforcement of the energy efficiency policy - or compliance - protects the markets from non-compliant products, which in turn safeguards the anticipated policy benefits such as energy savings and emission reductions. The governments frequently postpone or do not implement policy enforcement as it requires significant efforts and resources to design robust compliance framework. However, even low-resource and carefully thought-out compliance efforts can go a long way in safeguarding the markets from inefficient products, improving regulatory compliance, and maintaining confidence in the policies by consumers and suppliers.
A regional compliance framework for EAC and SADC regions is instrumental in facilitating regional collaboration, information sharing, and compliance programme alignment that will further support resource-strained national-level efforts to enforce compliance with regionally harmonized policies and protect markets from low quality and inefficient products. A strategic regional compliance framework provides the following benefits:
Furthermore, the regional compliance program can help address some of the challenges the governments are facing including lack of resources and capacity, lack of testing capacity, and improve policy enforcement. A proposed regional framework encompasses the following elements:
Proposed regional framework is based on voluntary participation and would facilitate an informal collaboration among the member states. Various stakeholders should be consulted during framework development and implementation including two regional centres and key national agencies such as energy efficiency policy implementing agencies and standards bodies. Other stakeholders including industry, consumer groups, as well as other regional, continental, and international organizations should be also consulted.
Regional compliance framework is critical in effective regional harmonized policy implementation. It will protect markets in both regions and reduce resources needed for policy enforcement and compliance through regional tools and intelligence sharing.