To create vibrant markets for energy efficient lighting and appliances consumer choice, policies and regulations, as well as private sector engagement are some of the key factors that require addressing.
The EAC and SADC markets are awash with outdated and inefficient products that use a lot of costly energy. Stronger policies and regulations are urgently needed protect local markets from becoming dumping grounds for technologies that are banned in other countries. Meanwhile, incentives are needed to encourage the private sector to offer energy efficient products and services.
The Opportunities and Benefits
Addressing these issues will help create vibrant markets supported by enabling policies and regulations, where suppliers offer quality products and services, and governments have the capacity to enforce standards, while consumers are aware of and are demanding quality energy efficient options.
There are many flow-on benefits from this. The burden on national grids drops, giving more people reliable electricity, while businesses become more competitive, households save, and CO2 emissions fall.
Energy efficient lights and appliances also offer cheap and reliable options for communities managing decentralized renewable energy systems. They require smaller batteries and solar panels which reduces costs to off-grid users and allow them to run their products for longer.As the cost of these systems drop, they are growing in popularity and could be a real solution for the many people currently not connected to national grids.
All of this contributes to faster, cleaner economic and human development across East and Southern Africa.
An E-Learning Platform was developed within the (EELA) project.
The objective of this online training is to support capacity development, by strengthening the competence of various stakeholders from the energy sector, key to the development of an enabling market for energy efficient lighting and appliances in East and Southern Africa.
The E-Learning Platform can be accessed for free and pre-recorded modules enable users to carry out the training at their convenience.