Virtual Inception Workshop on Clean Cooling in the EAC and SADC region

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2020


By 2030, the number of cooling products (such as refrigerators and air conditioners) in the Southern and East Africa region is expected to increase by over 70%, which provide benefits such as increasing working productivity, increasing ability to safely store vaccines and reducing food waste. However, if left unchecked the cooling products can put a strain on the economy and the electricity grid. Fortunately, energy-efficient products are available that can result in annual electricity savings of over 7 TWh, providing consumers nearly US$740 Million in savings on their electricity bills. The electricity savings are equivalent to three large power stations and annual emissions CO2 of 5.2 million tonnes.

The United Nations Environment Programme’s United for Efficiency Initiative and the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances for East and Southern Africa (EELA) project will support the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions on energy-efficient and climate friendly cooling.

It is against this background that the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (EACREEE) and the Southern African Development Community Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), United Nations Environment Programme – United for Efficiency (UNEP U4E) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted a Virtual Inception Workshop to  introduce the topic of clean cooling with a special focus on Room Air Conditioners and Refrigerating Appliances.

The objective of the workshop:

The overall objective of the workshop was to introduce the topic of clean cooling and potential areas of intervention for the EAC and SADC region. It further explored the potential path toward regional policy alignment.

The participants:  

The workshop brought together the Regional Technical Committees and other national stakeholders for the development of MEPS and labels in the EAC and SADC regions.


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