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HEATR Act Introduced in US Senate
The Heating Efficiency and Affordability Tax Relief (HEATR) Act proposes incentives for manufacturers to increase production of heat pumps and phase out production of inefficient, non-condensing air conditioners.
Find CLASP at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL)
From 1-3 June, team members from our Washington D.C., Nairobi, Europe and New Delhi offices will present at the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) in Toulouse, France.
CLASP Commemorates International Women’s Day with Safe & Efficient Hospital Lighting
This International Women's Day, we highlight CLASP's Nyamolo Abagi who is launching hospital LED retrofits in Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines to lower hospital energy costs, provide better quality lighting and reduce the risk of mercury exposure for both patients and staff.
Refurbishing Europe’s Fluorescent Lamp Manufacturing Facilities
EU domestic market for fluorescents will be gone in 2023 and regional export markets to the major trade partners is also being phased out by separate legislation. Through the EU Taxonomy Fund, there is potential to invest and convert these facilities to create a long-term, domestic supply of high-quality LED tubes in Europe, produced in Poland and Germany.
How Will Your Country Benefit From Banning Fluorescents?
CLASP recently updated Mepsy with the ‘African Lighting Amendment Scenario,’ demonstrating the national-level cost and energy savings if the world ends the manufacture, export and import of fluorescents by 2025. The scenario aligns with the proposed lighting amendment submitted by the African Region to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Can Solar Improve Livelihoods for Small-Scale Farmers?
Across Sub-Saharan Africa, solar-powered appliances are becoming increasingly sophisticated and context-specific to meet the unique needs of off-and weak-grid communities. Solar companies continue to innovate new solutions to replace high energy-consumingor traditional fuel operated appliances – especially for agriculture. In Kenya, our team visited Agsol to learn how their solar-powered mills offer new income-generating opportunities for farming communities.
We have always found that the technical contributions and policy recommendations from CLASP strongly complement our own advocacy efforts, collectively enabling us to deliver a compelling message to the Commission in support of ambitious regulations.Laura Degallaix
Secretary General, European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation
Global Phase-Out of Fluorescents an Opportunity to Accelerate Adoption of LED Lighting
CLASP Manager Nyamolo Abagi wrote this piece for leading lighting industry platform Edison Report. The article details the importance of a rapid phase-out of toxic mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs in favor of more efficient, safe and mercury-free LEDs.
2021 Solar Appliance Technology Briefs Analyze Key Trends in Rapidly Evolving Markets
These briefs consolidate the latest market intelligence, technology trends, and consumer impacts and chart the pathway to commercialization for 11 off- and weak-grid appropriate technologies.
Ending Toxic Lighting Together – CLASP Coordinates the Clean Lighting Coalition
CLASP is proud to announce that we are coordinating the Clean Lighting Coalition (CLiC), a global partnership to capture the health and environmental benefits of eliminating mercury-based lighting under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
CLASP Publishes First-of-its-kind Report on Medical Equipment and Clinic Electrification
The WHO estimates that 70% of medical devices in the Global South do not function and remain unused, in large part because the design of most medical equipment does not reflect the needs of off- and weak-grid clinics. Our report seeks to raise awareness of this under-appreciated challenge.
Global LEAP Awards Announces Results for the 2020 Electric Pressure Cooker Competition
The 2020 Global LEAP Awards Electric Pressure Cooker Competition presents the first-ever rigorous performance assessment of EPCs designed explicitly for use in underserved areas, filling a major gap in market intelligence.
Pakistan Launches First Efficiency Policy for Electric Motors
The National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (NEECA) of Pakistan announced the country’s first mandatory energy efficiency policy for electric motors in December 2020.
Renewable Energy Systems
2021 Appliance Data Trends Report Shows Promising Improvements in Off-Grid Appliance Energy Efficiency
Our 2021 Appliance Data Trends report finds the performance and cost of off-grid appliances show promising improvements, with the greatest increases in near-to-market product categories.
Conversations with CLASP: New Podcast Features Huda Jaffer of SELCO Foundation
Through conversations with partners, CLASP is exploring the implications of the novel coronavirus for the clean energy access sector. We hope that you enjoy this candid dialogue with the experts on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector right now.
Summer Cooling Rewind
Over the summer months, CLASP engaged with a variety of practitioners across articles and reports, virtual events, and a digital campaign. Revisit some of the highlights.
Report Shows Market Readiness to Eliminate Mercury-Based Lighting
A new report by CLASP and the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) on the availability of LED lighting in Europe shows that as the European Commission considers an update to rules governing the sale of products containing hazardous chemicals, there is no technical or economic justification for mercury-based fluorescent lamps to remain on the market.
Adapting Fund Allocation & Distribution for COVID-19 Relief
Appliances are playing an important role in keeping off- and weak-grid communities healthy, safe and connected through the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Efficiency for Access Coalition, CLASP is adapting and reallocating program funding to support clean energy access companies impacted by COVID-19.
New Report Identifies Sources of Environmental Dumping of Air Conditioners in Ten African Countries
A new report on environmental dumping, released in advance of World Refrigeration Day, finds that 35% of the room air conditioners (RACs) sold in many of Africa’s largest countries are low efficiency units with energy efficiency ratings of less than 3.0 W/W, a commonly adopted standard around the world.