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Energy efficiency policy plays a critical role in meeting energy demand and reducing environmental impact in sub-Saharan countries

The number of African citizens is expected to exceed 2 billion before 2040. Half a billion of these citizens will live in areas with increased temperatures and need for cooling technologies, growing both the intensity of energy consumers and demand—which the IEA projects will rise by 60% in the same time period.

Energy efficient appliances and lighting are one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce household energy bills, manage electricity demand and avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without adversely affecting quality of life. CLASP is working to advance energy efficiency frameworks in sub-Saharan countries in order to maintain and expand access to technologies, and mitigate the disproportionate effects of catastrophic climate change affecting African citizens and ecosystems. We work alongside local and international partners to assess markets, inform policy, and guide compliance strategies.

In Kenya, the largest economy in East Africa, the government has committed to reducing GHG emissions per the Big Four Agenda of Kenya Vision 2030. We collaborate with policymakers to promote policies that set ambitious performance standards and implement appliance labeling. Energy labels clearly display the benefits of more efficient technologies , allowing consumers to make more informed purchases and encouraging manufacturers to produce more energy efficient products.

In ECOWAS, rapidly increasing economic activity and a rising population pose serious challenges to energy demand. We collaborate with policymakers to accelerate the adoption and enforcement of efficiency policies by enhancing regional cooperation on compliance. Enforcing energy performance standards protects consumers, while also reducing household and business electricity bills through increased efficiency.

We also provide technical support in South Africa, where coal-based electricity accounts for a majority of domestic generation, to accelerate the uptake of energy efficient lighting. A transition to more efficient bulbs can alleviate overburdened national grids and the subsequent blackouts, which hamper social, health, and economic activities.