SACREEE, EACREEE and UNIDO convened the first meeting of the Focal Points for the Energy Efficient lighting and appliances in East and Southern Africa (EELA) project on 15 October 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. The meeting was organized within the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies (E4) Training Week for Sub-Saharan Africa.
The focal point meeting focused on the presentation and discussion of upcoming activities within the next 12 months and the role of the national EELA focal points which were nominated by the Ministries responsible of energy in the 21 Member States of the EAC and SADC region. Their key role is to provide technical support to the EELA project, to coordinate the regional EELA activities at the national level and to share lessons learned of successful national EELA activities.
Focal points were also provided with EELA communication material to facilitate their communication of the EELA objectives and activities with their national stakeholders.
The Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in East and Southern Africa (EELA) project is funded by the Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is implemented by UNIDO with the key executing partners being the East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) based in Uganda and the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) based in Namibia.
The project seeks to create market and institutional conditions to transform the market environment to stimulate increased diffusion of efficient lighting products and appliances across all sectors in SADC and EAC regions.