Market Transformation through Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling of Appliances in South Africa

Lead country

South Africa

Participating countries

South Africa

Project status


Implementing period

From November 11, 2011 to September 7, 2020

Project ID: 3277

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency
  • Miscellaneous energy program


  • Appliances
  • Enabling activities



Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy
  • Electronic

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Law regulation
  • Finance economy


  • Awareness raising
  • Technical capacity building
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Energy finance
  • Green economy

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender blind


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Retailers, manufacturers

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


Creating and marketing Labels and Standards for energy efficient appliances is the focus of this project. The overall goal is to reduce electricity consumption and therewith GHG emissions.The GEF intervention strategy of the project would be to address the policy, financial, information and technological barriers that block the widespread introduction of more energy efficient domestic appliances in general, as well as the introduction of a standards and labelling programme in particular. To this end, the DME proposes to use GEF funds to set up comprehensive consumer awareness and information dissemination campaigns and to target retailers who play a very important role in influencing the consumerÔÇÖs purchase decision. Assistance will be provided to manufacturers in the form of assessment of the technological upgrade and energy efficiency improvement potential and marketing support. Also, relevant institutional capacity building will be identified and strengthened by training and technical assistance to formulate standards and labelling policy, planning and decision-making. Specific attention will be given to addressing financial barrier issues, while potential funding sources for energy efficiency will be identified and evaluated. The project will support DME in seeking implementation commitment from the main stakeholders to achieve an effective market transformation.


Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by the electricity consumption of household appliances in South Africa by facilitating a comprehensive transformation of the home appliance market through the introduction of a combination of two regulatory tools – Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Information Labels (S&L) – and a series of associated awareness-building and monitoring activities.

USD $8,845,000

Grant amount

USD $8,885,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($8,845,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of South Africa

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