South African DOE and SEAD Host International Workshops on Best Practices for Incentives and MV&E
Across the African continent, appliance energy efficiency standards and labelling (S&L) programs are gaining ground, with numerous national and regional programs underway or in development. SEAD has been collaborating with the South African Department of Energy (DOE) to inform and help accelerate this S&L implementation process.
In August, SEAD partnered with South African DOE to organize two international workshops, bringing together policymakers and S&L practitioners to discuss best practices for incentives programs and S&L monitoring, verification and enforcement (MV&E). Over the course of two days, experts and government representatives from around the globe shared their experiences and lessons learned from the design and implementation of incentives and MV&E programs in different countries and regions.
Particular attention was given to how incentives have been used to advance market transformation in conjunction with appliance S&L, as well as how these best practices could be adapted or implemented as part of South Africa’s UNDP-GEF sponsored Standards & Labelling Project.
SEAD sponsored the participation of expert speakers from China, India, the United States, and Europe, as well as representatives from Ghana and Kenya in an attempt to generate regional collaboration in the field. Ghana is championing S&L implementation within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), while Kenya is on the cusp of publishing the first S&L regulations in the East African Community (EAC).
At the end of the workshops, participants agreed to review their respective S&L programs in light of the presentations given and discussions held during the incentives and MV&E sessions, with the intention of engaging and collaborating more effectively in the future.