Removing Barriers to Energy-Efficiency in the Cape Verdean Built Environment and for Appliances

Lead country

Cabo Verde

Participating countries

Cabo Verde

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From July 30, 2015 to July 30, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  2. 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Project ID: 4996

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Energy efficiency


  • Appliances
  • Buildings
  • Lighting



Transformed sector(s)

  • Retail

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Normative support


  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building
  • Finance economy


  • Institutional framework
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Awareness raising
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Energy finance

Social inclusion

  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.3 Double global rate energy efficiency improvement
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning

Conventions and protocols

  • National Action Plan

Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


The primary objective of the project is to remove barriers to energy efficiency in buildings and appliances in Cabo Verde. The aim is to enable and facilitate market transformation leading to substantial energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions. The project implementation is estimated to result in direct emission reductions of 297.8 ktCO2e through pilot demonstration projects, minimum energy efficiency and water efficiency standards for buildings and appliances. The indirect emission reduction is expected to be nearly 703.9 ktCO2e resulting from replication and dissemination activities from project implementation. The outcome will be significant in supporting the country's economic development, improving quality of life and leading to significant environmental benefits in accordance to the national plans and priorities. This is achieved through activities designed to support and strengthen legal, regulatory and institutional framework, enhance the existing capacity, and raise awareness. This is facilitated by introducing a new law on building energy codes and introducing standards and labelling programme for imported domestic appliances thus resulting in significant energy savings.


The objective of the project is to reduce energy consumption and related GHG emissions in buildings and household appliances in Cabo Verde through introducing a range of legislative and regulatory measures and resulting in an estimated indirect CO2 savings of some 703.99 ktCO2over the 10-year project lifetime.

USD $1,991,000

Grant amount

USD $10,036,998

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($1,991,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Cabo Verde

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