The two centres, Southern African Development Community Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) and East African Community Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) are, through the management of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, implementing regional policy development and regulation for energy efficient lighting (and later other appliances). The regional, 5-year intervention aims to:
- Establish a common platform in the Southern African Development Community and East African Community regions in south Saharan Africa for regional dialogue around quality control on electric equipment
- Develop Minimum Energy Performance Standards for the member countries
- Possible inclusion in compulsory legislation
- Develop compliance strategies and capacity building of key institutions such as test laboratories and customs
- Perform awareness raising activities at different levels
- Incentivise pilot schemes for viable business models aiming to reach better market penetration of energy efficient lighting and appliances in member countries.
Further to this regional intervention, Sida aims to support national Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in Africa (EELAA) initiatives in various member countries. Focus within the national EELAA initiatives will be on supporting the supply chain actors to become quality conscious and develop business models for energy efficient lighting and appliances.