Leapfrogging to energy efficient mechanisms in Southern Africa
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has a portfolio of 7 approved GCF projects worth USD 171 million and 78 approved readiness projects worth USD 94 million. UNEP is an accredited entity to the GCF since 19 July 2015. The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which is hosted by the UN Environment Programme, promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. UNEP-CTCN is implementing a GCF readiness portfolio focused on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) and their respective action plans. The CTCN provides technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks. This success story features seven readiness projects worth USD 2.4 million in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe). UNEP-CTCN coordinated these projects with the national consortium partners to create an enabling regulatory and financial environment to transition to energy efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers.
At a glance
UNEP-CTCN has supported 26 countries with GCF Readiness Programme since 2017.-
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UNEP-CTCN has delivered 23 readiness grants since 2017.-
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Cumulative funding amount of GCF Readiness support that UNEP-CTCN has delivered since 2017.-
Mobilising 7 readiness projects and enabling a transition to energy in Southern Africa
Botswana's electrification success / boosting access, efficiency, and environmental Impact
UNEP-CTCN empowering Lesotho / a roadmap to sustainable energy independence by 2030
Advancing electrification in Malawi / A path to GHG reduction and NDC targets achievement
UNEP-CTCN catalysing electrification and reducing GHG emissions
Namibia's path to sustainable energy with refrigerators and transformers
The rate of electrification is 53% in Namibia and refrigerators account for over 30% of domestic electricity consumption. It is estimated that by 2030 the installed stock of residential refrigerators will grow by over 50% and losses in distributions transformers is expected to grow by 86%. Hydro sources produce 67% of the electricity in Namibia and the country is experiencing significant growth in electricity demand – approximately 5% per year. Strategic frameworks support for Namibia through CTCN and UNEP (NAM-RS-003) through MEPS and labelling scheme created an enabling policy and regulatory environment for refrigerators and distribution transformers to support market transformation Adoption of BAT (Best Available Technologies) would lead to reduction in the GHG emissions and contribute towards achievement of the NDC targets.
Empowering Eswatini’s sustainable energy with efficient appliances
Eswatini along with Kenya, is among the Sub-Saharan African nations where the pace of electrification has grown significantly. Strategic frameworks support for Eswatini through CTCN and UNEP (SWZ-RS-004) assisted Eswatini in having a regulatory framework and an agreed MEPS and labelling scheme for refrigerators and distribution transformers. The electricity rate in Eswatini at a low level of 27% and demand for domestic refrigerators is increasing rapidly, and now accounts for over 30%. The adoption of BAT would lead to reduction of 96 tons of GHG emission per year from Eswatini. Higher electricity demand will ultimately be suppressed by an increase in the efficiency of the appliances and the equipment used in Eswatini.
Assisting Zimbabwe in cutting down the coal use
The government of Zimbabwe is putting large efforts to expand its electricity network. Only 40% of the population in Zimbabwe have access to electricity with less than 20% population in rural areas having electricity access. Coal accounts for 46% of electricity generation in Zimbabwe, which is producing large GHG emissions. Strategic frameworks support for Zimbabwe through CTCN and UNEP (ZWE-RS-003) has allowed Zimbabwe in switching to energy efficient refrigerators and transformers, it greatly reduces strain on the grid that is currently exacerbated by outages, subsequently increasing grid access.
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Boost readiness for climate action and result
Readiness support that strives to tackle climate change and GHG mitigation
Technical assistance tailored for countries' needs
Multiple countries that share common regional interests can access GCF readiness support with the Delivery Partner that can provide technical expertise and networks
Inclusive knowledge building
Providing exceptional support in developing technical documents with stakeholders