South Africa

SUCCESS STORY: ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS AND LABELING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Just as transmission lines are the infrastructure for power grids, data and analytic methods are the infrastructure for market deployment of energy efficiency at scale. In this case study, USAID’s Energy Efficiency for Development Program (EE4D) worked closely with South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the South Africa National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) to assist the implementation of the country’s Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling (EESL) program.  As a result of the program’s implementation, South Africa will save the equivalent amount of energy produced by a 1.2 gigawatt (GW) thermal power plant at one-fiftieth the cost and will mitigate CO2 emissions by 6.8 million tons, reducing water consumption by 10 billion liters

ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS & LABELING PROGRAM

South Africa has committed to pursue improved energy efficiency to encourage a sustainable development of its energy sector. In 2016, the Department of Energy (DoE) implemented the first Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling (S&L) program in the country, covering 7 major residential products and resulting in energy savings equivalent to the generation output of an 800 MW plant.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has been assisting DOE since 2013 by providing recommendations and technical analyses to inform the development of the S&L program[1].  As part of this collaboration and under the auspices of the Energy Efficiency for Development program (EE4D), LBNL published in 2020 the study South Africa’s Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Program; Impact Assessment, which describes the methodology, assumptions and results of a stock turnover modeling tool that estimates the energy savings achievable by South Africa’s S&L program in the residential sector.

The study shows that if regulations are effective in 2021 for 10 major end-uses adopting international standards best practices, 6 terawatt-hours (TWh) will be saved in 2030 and 9.5 TWh will be saved in 2040, representing a CO2 mitigation of 3.7 megatonnes (Mt) in 2030 and 5.8 Mt in 2040. This outcome will contribute to the South African government’s international commitment to tackling climate change through its National Determined Contribution (NDC).

SOUTH AFRICA ENERGY EFFICIENCY MODELING WORKSHOP – JULY 2019

South Africa Energy Efficiency Modelling Workshop

The Department of Energy of South Africa and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) hosted a workshop on July 31st on Energy Efficiency Modelling in the Residential Sector. The workshop gave the opportunity for DOE to present the modeling methodology, assumptions and results of the new tool developed in collaboration with LBNL and USAID to demonstrate the multiple benefits of the revision of the Standard and Labeling program. More than 30 people from government agencies, the private sector, universities and NGO attended the workshop and provided meaningful feedback to be integrated in a final report. The final report will describe the modeling tool and will provide a high level summary of the costs to the government and benefits for the country of revising the S&L program.

BERKELEY LAB TRAINING ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS AND LABELING PROGRAMS

In February 2019, Berkeley Lab hosted a one-week training workshop to further the exchange and collaboration on standard and labeling programs and energy demand modeling with the South Africa Department of Energy and SANEDI.

PDF: Energy Efficiency Collaboration in South Africa: Energy Efficiency Collaboration in South Africa

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