CLASP Supports Policies to Improve Water Efficiency in South Africa
Over the past five years, South Africa has experienced an ongoing drought and water crisis. CLASP is supporting the South African government to introduce efficiency policies that will reduce water consumption and wastage.
2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge Announces Preliminary Finalists
Seventeen products from 14 companies have been selected as preliminary finalists of the 2022 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge.
Turn Out The Lights on Fluorescents
New report highlights the health and environmental risks of mercury-containing fluorescent lighting and outlines actions to transition to more energy-efficient, cost-effective LEDs.
Ghana Spearheads End to Appliance Dumping in Africa through Montreal Protocol; CLASP Research Supports
On behalf of the African Parties to the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer, Ghana submitted a draft decision proposing next steps in stopping the environmentally harmful dumping of new and used cooling appliances that are also inefficient and/or use obsolete refrigerants. CLASP and IGSD’s investigations supported the quantitative and policy foundation for this proposal.
Global LEAP Results-Based Financing Mechanism Opens Bid Submissions for Electric Pressure Cookers
The Global LEAP Results-Based Financing mechanism for electric pressure cookers provides money in incentives to help accelerate the global appliance market for EPCs.
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.
Analysis Finds ROI of Appliance Efficiency Well Below Social Cost of Carbon
New analysis from CLASP finds appliance standards and labeling policies deliver major climate benefits well below the social cost of carbon.
Tackle the Cooling Crisis Now
The world is facing a cooling crisis and governments need to take quick and decisive action. CLASP Senior Manager Ana Maria Carreño outlines how governments can address cooling demand, keep citizens safe and mitigate negative climate impacts.
SEAD Initiative Launches Product Efficiency Call to Action in the Lead up to COP26
In the lead-up to COP26, the SEAD Initiative and partners have launched the Product Efficiency Call to Action, with the goal of doubling the efficiency of four priority products that account for 40% of global energy consumption by 2030.
The Gift that Keeps Giving: Adopt Ambitious MEPS Now & See the Benefits Spillover
Analysis suggests the adoption of more stringent MEPS in one nation can produce spillover benefits in others, influencing global and regional markets. CLASP Senior Associate Lauren Boucher discusses potential spillover benefits if North America adopted IE4 Motor MEPs and the global implications for COP26.
Global Phase-Out of Fluorescents Presents Opportunity to Rapidly Accelerate the 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.
CLASP Expands Our Work In Pakistan
With a new grant from the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program’s NDC Support Facility, CLASP will support the development of a Pakistan Cooling Action Plan (PCAP) that aims to expand access to cooling and minimize associated GHG emissions, while maximizing health benefits for consumers.
CLASP Supports Development of South African Efficiency Policies to Mitigate the Electricity Crisis
To increase efficiency and accelerate the adoption of high-quality lighting products, CLASP is supporting the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI) in developing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for streetlights in a bid to reduce the pressure on the national grid.
Eliminating Toxic Lighting in the EU
In a new study, CLASP found the continued use of inefficient, mercury-based lighting for an additional two years wipes out economic savings across the EU of 12.2 billion Euros, with the four largest economies - Germany, Italy, France and Spain representing 77% of the lost financial savings.
Appliance Efficiency: An Underutilized Opportunity on the Path to Net-Zero Emissions
Analysis shows current climate commitments will not achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. By leveraging data from CLASP's new tool, Mepsy, Senior Associate Lauren Boucher explores how minimum energy performance standards can help raise the ambition of NDCs and lower global emissions by 2030.