Background of the EELA Project
The East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions face similar energy issues that include low access to electricity across all sectors, power systems highly dependent on fossil fuel, high levels of electricity transmission and distribution loses. Therefore, increased efficiency in the use of electricity is central to achieving the regions’ energy security and sustainable development objectives. Promoting market-based adoption of energy efficient lighting and appliances will, among others, result in the efficient use of electricity through adopting best available and appropriate technologies to provide quality lighting services to consumers, as well as extending access to modern lighting services and appliances to municipalities, institutions, households, public places, and industries in both on- and off-grid areas. As such, the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) project seeks to transform the market for energy efficient lighting and appliances in the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). More specifically, the project aims to create market and institutional conditions to enable a transformation of the sector to stimulate increased diffusion of energy 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.
Implementation Status of the EELA Project
The project is currently in a six months Inception and Preparatory Phase where the following activities are carried out:
The outputs of the EELA-PREP studies will support the implementation of a five-year project on EELA for which a project document is being developed and presented for adoption by Sida. Validation workshop for the main project document will be held in Dar es Salaam, 11-12 February 2019.
Partner structure of the EELA
The EELA project in East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is implemented the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, SACREEE(www.sacreee.org), the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, EACREEE (www.eacreee.org), with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). The other regional partners of EELA are 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 are CLASP (www.clasp.ngo), the Swedish Energy Agency (www.sea.org ) and the Swedish Standard Institute (www.sis.org).