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. LBNL is currently continuing its collaboration with the Department of Energy work in South Africa in the following areas:
- Impact Assessment: LBNL is working with the Department’s Planning Unit to integrate tools for modeling energy savings and build sustainable local capacity for assessing the impact of energy efficiency standards in a comprehensive energy planning process. LBNL hosted a training in Berkeley for staff from the Department, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
- Technology Neutral Lighting standard: LBNL is working with UNDP and local consultants to help the Department of Energy assessing the costs and benefits of implementing a technology neutral standard and labeling scheme for lighting.
Source: LBNL, https://eta.lbl.gov/publications/south-africa-energy-savings-estimates