Improving Energy Efficiency for Lighting & Building Appliances

What is this project about?

The objective of the project is to facilitate a comprehensive market transformation of the Egyptian market towards the use of more energy efficient electric appliances at a level where cost-efficiency is proven. This is envisaged to be achieved through the combination of regulatory tools such as minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and information labels, enhanced public awareness, capacity building and attractive financing mechanisms. The project will strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, develop monitoring and enforcement mechanisms, and provide training to public authorities and other relevant stakeholders. It will explore and test different financial incentives complemented by extensive public outreach campaigns.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • The project implemented more than 15 energy efficiency lighting pilot projects in various types of buildings through providing technical assistance and co-financing.
  • The pilot sites included street lighting for residential compounds, banks, shops, supermarkets, hotels, resorts, libraries, private and public administrative buildings, billboards, where most of the selected buildings could not shift to the use of the CFL because of its technical limitations.
  • The pilot sites saw a savings of between 25 and 40 percent of total electricity consumption.
  • The project supported in conducting awareness campaigns to the public using volunteers during summer.
  • The project launched a creative and ambitious awareness campaign entitled “Watty El Watt” or “Reduce your Watts”. The campaign aims to promote energy efficiency measures, change perceptions and shift the market to become an energy-efficient market. 
  • Ministry's energy performance standards have been developed for fans and dishwashers and enforced by ministerial decree.
  • The project organized training sessions on energy efficiency street lighting code in cooperation with housing and Building research Center (HBRC).
  • Training courses on auditing and energy efficiency lighting in buildings in cooperation with MED-ENEC have been conducted.
  • Through the project, a study on monitoring and evaluation of S&L program has been implemented.
  • In cooperation with EOS, the project has developed LED lamps specifications.
  • The project has assisted the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities to prepare the tender documents for implementing a LED/PV street lighting project.

Who finances this project?

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Ministry of Electricity & Energy

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Delivery in previous fiscal year

$494,953 (2014)


  • The aim of the project is to ensure the reduction of energy consumption.
  • The implemented pilot project has sounded at the national level; today the project has achieved its target in creating an environment that will enable the market transformation towards the use of energy efficiency lighting systems in the various consumption sectors. The Ministry of Finance has decided that all governmental procurement will only include efficient equipment.
  • Energy efficiency specifications that have been developed by the project for lighting and household appliances had an impact on product quality control to eliminate the bad quality products from the market. This will be certified through energy efficiency testing laboratories established by the project.
  • The objective of reducing energy consumption will be achieved through the decision of issuing a ministerial decree for raising the set point of the air-conditions.

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