Market Transformation through Energy Efficiency Standards & Labelling of Appliances in South Africa

About the Project

The objective of this project is to promote energy efficiency in the household sector by reducing the electricity demand of South African household appliances, with a resultant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is to be achieved via the introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) as well labels (S&L) into the appliances market in order to influence consumption patterns by raising the awareness of policy makers, manufacturers, distributors and consumers.

The project seeks to overcome the barriers impeding the widespread uptake of energy efficient appliances, focusing on five key  areas of activity: i) Establishing a policy and regulatory framework needed for a sustainable S&L program; ii) Defining energy classes and MEPS thresholds; iii) Strengthening the capacity of local institutions involved in the S&L program; iv) Implementing an appropriate education, awareness and communication campaign; 5) Developing and implementing market surveillance and compliance procedures; and 6) To generate a project evaluation report that identifies a clear set of best practices for future application based on lessons learnt.

The objectives of the project are informed by South Africa's National Energy Efficiency Strategy of 2005 which calls for reduction of residential energy demand by 10% by 2015. A 2014 Mitigation Potential Analysis has endorsed this approach by identifying energy efficient appliances as the lowest marginal abatement cost option for reducing emissions in the country.

This project is implemented in very close cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry



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