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Energy Efficiency and Lighting Appliances in EAC and SAC

Efficient electricity use in homes, businesses and public facilities is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to accelerate sustainable development, enable countries to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions, create jobs and alleviate poverty. The EAC and SADC regions are still facing very low electrification rates, with regional averages of 34.5% and 48% respectively. Markets in these regions are also still inundated with low-quality and inefficient lighting and appliances.
Through its transformational approach, the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) project assists the EAC and SADC regions to  address these challenges by creating 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.

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Embracing the Challenge

Unlocking vibrant markets for energy-efficient lighting and appliances demands our immediate attention. To achieve this, we must confront and address critical factors, including consumer choice, policies, regulations, and private sector engagement.

The EAC and SADC markets currently grapple with an overwhelming abundance of outdated and energy-draining products. It is imperative that we act swiftly by implementing stronger policies and regulations to shield our local markets from becoming dumping grounds for banned technologies used elsewhere.

However, it's not all uphill. We have the power to revolutionize the landscape and incentivize the private sector towards a brighter path. By encouraging the adoption of energy-efficient products and services, we pave the way for a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

Benefits and Opportunities: a thriving Future

Imagine a world where vibrant markets flourish, fueled by enabling policies and regulations that champion quality products and services from suppliers. Governments stand strong in enforcing standards, while consumers demand nothing less than top-notch, energy-efficient options.

The impact of addressing these pressing issues cascades into a symphony of benefits. National grids shed their burdens, illuminating countless lives with reliable electricity. Businesses elevate their competitiveness, households revel in savings, and the ominous cloud of CO2 emissions begins to dissipate.

Energy-efficient lights and appliances emerge as beacons of hope for communities relying on decentralized renewable energy systems. Embracing these options means smaller batteries and solar panels, slashing costs for off-grid users and extending the lifespan of their products. With costs dropping, the surge in popularity opens the door to an actual solution for the millions currently disconnected from national grids. East and Southern Africa witness an inspiring transformation, witnessing rapid, cleaner economic and human development on the horizon. Together, we ignite this powerful change, forging a path towards a prosperous and sustainable tomorrow.




Impact - at a glance

Here are some of the key progress and achievements:

  • Regional Coordination Mechanism and Platform: EELA established a regional coordination mechanism and platform through workshops and meetings, including the EELA Project Steering Committee Meeting and the Annual Regional Stakeholder Forum.

  • Policy and Regulatory Environment Improvement: EELA contributed to the adoption of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for lighting products in both the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Additionally, efforts are underway to develop cooling MEPS for the SADC region.

  • Strengthening Capacities: EELA worked on strengthening capacities of key institutions, testing centers, and stakeholder groups by conducting training workshops and establishing regional reference laboratories for lighting in Uganda, Mozambique, and Zambia.

  • Awareness Raising: EELA created a project website and engaged in various regional energy and climate events to raise awareness about the project and its objectives.

  • Incentive Mechanisms: EELA implemented incentive mechanisms to encourage the uptake of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, including co-financing and technical assistance for various projects in different member states.

  • Expanding EELA: Efforts have been made to expand the EELA project to new countries, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and the ECOWAS region.

  • Disbursements and Expenditure: The budget disbursement and expenditure were monitored, and co-financing from various sources was mobilized to support the project.


Overall, the EELA project made significant progress in promoting energy-efficient lighting and appliances, harmonizing standards, and strengthening capacities in the East and Southern Africa regions. It also initiated steps to expand its impact to additional countries and regions.

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E-learning platform

The goal of our E-Learning Platform is simple yet profound: to strengthen the competence of key stakeholders and ignite the development of an enabling market for energy-efficient lighting and appliances. This online training space is a gateway to capacity development, offering knowledge and expertise to fuel progress. Accessible for free, our pre-recorded modules empower users to undergo training at their convenience, on their terms.

Let's build a brighter future for East and Southern Africa. Click and dive into the E-Learning Platform now!

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Switch it ON

Illuminate the path to sustainable development in East and Southern Africa with the incredible potential of energy-efficient lights and appliances. At EELA, our mission is clear: foster vibrant markets that resonate with high-quality services and products for energy-efficient lighting and appliances. Empowering households, businesses, and public facilities, we envision a region that embraces eco-conscious choices, propelling us towards a greener future.

Join forces with us as we switch on the transformation, kindling prosperity and sustainability across East and Southern Africa. Together, let's ignite the spark of change and illuminate a brighter tomorrow!