Save energy…Save money: Addressing the energy sector challenges to support the development process

If you know there is a solution to save energy and save money, would you do it? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is addressing the energy sector challenges to support the development process. To promote energy efficiency measures in the electricity sector, UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Electricity is implementing the Energy Efficiency of Lighting and other Building Appliances project.

In Egypt, lighting represents more than 25% of the total electricity consumption at the national level and, meanwhile, is also the simplest, most cost-effective energy efficiency measure. By 2020, the government aims to transform the market, from inefficient to energy-efficient lighting systems, thus becoming the first choice for residential, commercial and administrative buildings.

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  • Lighting represents more than 25% of the total electricity consumption at the national level and, meanwhile, is also the simplest, most cost-effective energy efficiency measure.
  • The Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of the largest banks in Egypt, is proceeding to install LED lighting technology in its 160 outlets all over Egypt following the success achieved in its Merryland branch in Cairo: a 35% reduction of energy costs.
  • Energy efficiency measures are a lifetime investment that will result in saving families and the country’s resources on the long-run.

Imagine a country where streets, hotels, government buildings, factories, banks, universities, schools, sporting clubs, places of worship… all using energy-efficient lighting and lamps. How would this impact the electricity sector and the whole country’s electricity consumption?

The initial results very encouraging and show significant savings. At CEDARE building, 8-story business building in Heliopolis area in Cairo, 35% of energy has been saved when they moved to utilizing energy-efficient lighting systems. The Commercial International Bank (CIB), one of the largest banks in Egypt, is proceeding to install LED lighting technology in its 160 outlets all over Egypt following the success achieved in its Merryland branch in Cairo: a 35% reduction of energy costs.

This project is not only encouraging public and private sectors to use energy-efficient systems, it targets and raises awareness of families as the residential sector consumes more than 40% of the electricity in Egypt. If families move to energy-efficient lighting systems, they will cut their energy bills significantly and reduce the country’s overall energy demand and accordingly improve Egypt’s energy security.

“I have always thought that the energy-efficient lighting systems are not the best for homes in terms of quality and lighting color. But in fact, when I adopted it in my home, I realized it’s even better than the traditional ones and above all, I am saving energy and money,” commented a house owner on her experience with energy-efficient lighting systems.

Progress is possible and requires every one’s commitment and awareness on the importance of energy efficiency and saving. Energy efficiency measures are a lifetime investment that will result in saving families and the country’s resources on the long-run.

This project is encompassed within the global partnership initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme  to phase-out inefficient lighting systems and, hence, reduce costs for consumers, so-called the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting” initiative.

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