Praia, Cape Verde and Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 25, 2013 - The Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM) Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative have launched an initiative to develop a regional system of energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances.

The aim of the partnership is to help ECOWAS achieve its goals of doubling the region's annual energy efficiency improvement by 2020.

Initial analysis suggests the 15-nation ECOWAS region could save over 60 TWh of electricity per year by 2030 through the adoption of best practice efficiency standards for primary appliances including refrigerators, air conditioners, lighting, and other equipment. This 60 TWh is nearly as much electricity as was consumed by the entire ECOWAS region in 2011.

The development of regional standards and labels is a flagship initiative under the ECOWAS Policy on Energy Efficiency that was adopted by energy ministers in October 2012. The effort is also part of a regional implementation framework for the United Nation Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) initiative. The energy savings through more efficient appliances offer the potential to mitigate peak loads and related power cuts, reduce GHG emissions, and deliver financial savings that can boost sustainable development.

SEAD support includes estimating potential energy savings, assessing existing national and regional institutional capacity and legal frameworks, and identifying opportunities and challenges for implementing regional standards and labels policies.

“This work and efforts to create a regional approach to energy efficiency standards offers significant potential for accelerating efficiency improvements in the region,” said Gabrielle Dreyfus with the CEM SEAD Initiative.

The SEAD initiative aims to accelerate global progress on the energy efficiency of equipment and appliances. Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Commission.