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Mapping the Lighting Market in Tanzania and Zanzibar

Published: 07 May, 2020 | Authors: Hannah Blair

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In partnership with the World Bank, CLASP is conducting a comprehensive analysis of the lighting market, its stakeholders and supply chains in mainland Tanzania and its semi-autonomous island, Zanzibar. The study will support the development of lighting policy in the country and island in an effort to promote the adoption of safe and energy-efficient lighting.

The Benefits of Lighting Efficiency Policies

Efficient lighting and appliances cost less to run, last longer, save users money, and are safer for consumers. Energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) lightbulbs use 85% less energy and last more than 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. As a result of low costs and high durability, users save money and free up electrical capacity, which gives people and businesses more access to reliable power. By using less electricity, carbon emissions are reduced to mitigate the risks of climate change. Implementing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) also steer the market away from highly-toxic mercury-based lighting products that can pose a negative health risk if broken.

In Tanzania, policy-makers and experts are considering the adoption of new regulatory mechanisms that will set quality and performance requirements for lighting products. Although Zanzibar is a part of the United Republic of Tanzania, the semi-autonomous island maintains separate regulation and implementation mechanisms to the mainland. Through the implementation and enforcement of synchronized standards, the markets in Tanzania and Zanzibar will benefit from improvements in energy security and greater economic development, while simultaneously reducing energy bills for households and businesses.

Project Overview

CLASP will work with the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Team to research policies and programmes, evaluate technologies currently on the market, identify key stakeholders in the supply chain, develop an end-user perspective and national lighting market model. The findings may inform the development of future lighting efficiency policies.

The scope of the study includes residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal/outdoor lighting. CLASP will quantify the market size, identify available energy-efficient technologies, quantify energy savings potentials, map distribution networks and sub-national and overall market trends and development.

This project expands on CLASP’s work supporting appliance cooling policies in Kenya and ECOWAS, lighting and appliance policy development under EELA, off-grid solar product quality assurance through VeraSol, and energy efficient household appliances and commercial equipment promotion in South Africa.


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