Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) Project in Southern and Eastern Africa

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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:

  • Conducting a Market Study on EE Lighting including the analysis of existing regulations and the mapping of relevant national and regional initiatives;
  • Developing a Framework for the development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for lighting and setting up technical EE committees in collaboration with SADCSTAN and EASC;
  • Mapping and assessment of existing Test-Laboratories and development of a strategy on how the EELA project will capacitate laboratories to increase the testing capacity in the region;
  • Development of a communication and partnership framework which specially defines how the project will engage with relevant stakeholders and in particular with the private sector;
  • Carrying out a gender assessment and
  • Developing the theory of change for the project, consulting stakeholders, developing implementation arrangements and partnerships and validating the project intervention strategy.


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(, the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, EACREEE (, 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 (, the Swedish Energy Agency ( ) and the Swedish Standard Institute (


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