On August 7, 2019, a significant event took place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania — the 1st Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting on the "Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances Project in Eastern and Southern Africa" (EELA Project). This visionary initiative, developed in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), and esteemed partner organizations, was set in motion thanks to generous funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Mandate and Scope of Work
The EELA Project aims to ignite a market transformation for energy-efficient lighting and appliances across the EAC and SADC regions. This ambitious undertaking seeks to create the perfect conditions, both in terms of market dynamics and institutions, to drive the widespread adoption of efficient lighting products and appliances across all sectors. By facilitating regional regulatory and trade harmonization interventions, the project empowers private sector-led activities, leading to the widespread use of energy-efficient, high-quality lighting and appliances. It is noteworthy that inclusivity is a core principle, ensuring socially sustainable outcomes for all project activities.
The ultimate goal of the EELA Project is to enhance access to modern energy services in various sectors while promoting active private sector involvement, thereby spearheading sustainable development in the region.
Achievements of the EELA Project
Before the official launch, the EELA Project underwent meticulous planning during the inception and preparatory phase, known as EELA-PREP. During this crucial period, several foundational milestones were achieved:
Execution Modalities Defined: EELA-PREP meticulously formulated the execution modalities for the EELA Project, laying a strong foundation for its successful implementation.
Market Study Conducted: In-depth research into energy-efficient lighting was carried out, including mapping relevant national and regional initiatives, identifying potential opportunities for growth.
Standardization Efforts: EELA-PREP assessed existing energy-efficient lighting standards and established technical committees under regional standards coordination mechanisms to ensure quality and efficiency.
Partnership Frameworks: Strong partnerships were established with key stakeholders, including CLASP, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Swedish Standard Institute, among others, to ensure the project's collaborative success.
Gender Assessment: The project conducted a gender assessment, emphasizing the importance of promoting gender equality in all project activities.
Unveiling a Brighter Future
The EELA Project has brought together an exceptional consortium of entities and institutions, including SACREEE, EACREEE, SADCSTAN, EASC, energy regulatory bodies, regional power pools (EAPP and SAPP). These partners, together with UNIDO, are set to revolutionize the regional energy-efficient lighting and appliances market.
A Beacon of Hope for Eastern and Southern Africa
The EELA Project stands as a beacon of hope, guiding Eastern and Southern Africa towards a more sustainable, energy-efficient, and prosperous future. With its visionary mandate, comprehensive scope of work, and impactful achievements, this endeavor promises to illuminate the lives of millions, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. Together, through collaborative efforts and unwavering dedication, the EELA Project is set to redefine the energy landscape in the region and inspire positive change on a global scale.