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In accordance with UNDP and GEF M&E policies and procedures, all full and medium-sized UNDP supported GEF financed projects are required to undergo a terminal evaluation upon completion of implementation. These Terms of Reference (TOR) sets out the expectations for a Terminal Evaluation (TE) of the: ‘Market Transformation Through the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Standards and the Labelling of Appliances in South Africa’ (PIMS 3277). The 5-year project commenced in November 2011 and was awarded two extension rounds until 31 March 2019. The project is implemented by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, through a project management unit.
The project (Market Transformation Through the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Standards and the Labelling of Appliances in South Africa) was designed to support the implementation of South Africa’s Energy Efficiency Strategy, which sets an overall energy intensity reduction target of 12% by 2015 and a 10% reduction in the residential sector. The Strategy identified a residential appliance Standards and Labelling (S&L) project as a major contributor towards the target. The project aims to address the policy, information, technology and financial barriers that were preventing the widespread introduction and uptake of efficient appliances.
The goal of the project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by household appliances’ electricity consumption by facilitating a comprehensive market transformation for the South African market towards the use of energy efficient electrical appliances. This is to be achieved through the introduction of two regulations applicable to 12 residential electrical appliances, namely minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and information labels. It has been estimated, that once in effect, the regulations could yield up to 388 GWh of electricity savings per annum, which is equivalent to 4.6Mt of CO2. The objective of the GEF funding is to remove the most significant barriers impeding the uptake of energy efficiency appliances, and in so doing contribute materially towards the Strategy’s targeted 10% reduction in residential energy consumption. The project had five outcomes:
- Policy and regulatory framework for the S&L project
- Define labelling specifications and MEPS thresholds for the 12 products considered for regulation
- Strengthen the capacity of institutions and individuals involved in the S&L project
- Awareness raising campaign
- Implementation of Market Surveillance and Compliance regime to ensure performance standards are met
- Development of Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity are met