Celebrating World Standards Day 2020
World Standards Day 2020 is themed “Protecting the Planet with Standards.” In celebration of World Standards Day, CLASP is highlighting several best-in-class, new and innovative standards for energy-consuming appliances and equipment around the world.
Campaign to Raise Awareness for Kenya Energy Label
In collaboration with the Kenya Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), CLASP launched the #KenyaEnergyLabel Campaign aimed at educating consumers on the utility and benefits of the new energy label.
2020 Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey Offers New Insights in Series on Perceived Demand and Impact of Off-Grid Appliances & Healthcare Technologies
CLASP, in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All, conducted the fourth iteration of the Efficiency for Access Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey, a biennial survey that assesses the perceived consumer demand and development impact potential of a range of off-grid appropriate household, business/productive use, and healthcare technologies.
Electric Cooking Impacts: Electric Pressure Cookers Enhance Community Resiliency
In 2020, the Global LEAP Awards launched the inaugural Electric Pressure Cooker (EPC) Competition. Through the Electric Cooking Impact Series, we share insights into the role of EPCs in enhancing community resiliency to global shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global LEAP Awards Innovators: Insights from the Solar E-Waste Challenge
The Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Challenge is a program to support innovations in off-grid solar e-waste management in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information on the Challenge, see Background below.
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.
Sierra Leone’s Off-Grid Appliance Market, While Nascent, Shows Promising Potential
In an effort to improve national electrification rates, the Government of Sierra Leone has adopted several policies to prioritize and promote decentralized solar energy solutions. Despite these efforts, the prevalence of solar home systems and off-grid appliances remains low.
New Report Recommends Policies to Cut Carbon from Electric Motors in Pakistan
In an effort to curb these acute environmental effects, as well as the PKR 2,400 billion (USD 16 billion) annual operating costs to consumers, a new report from CLASP investigates the potential to implement energy performance standards for these highly consumptive products.
Air Conditioner Policy Event Showcases Best Practices from Brazil, China and India
Policymakers from Brazil, China, and India, as well as the UN’s United for Efficiency program spoke at a recent CLASP webinar to share insights from their experiences implementing AC efficiency policy.
Brazil Introduces Revised Labeling Scale for Air Conditioners
Brazilian policymakers have adopted a new efficiency labeling scale for air conditioners (ACs) that will better distinguish the highest-performing products in the market.
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.
Panel Highlights Climate Gains from Use of Cooling Model MEPS
A recent online panel discussion showcased the benefits of adopting country-level efficiency policies based on model minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) to limit the climate impacts of air conditioners (ACs) and refrigerators, as demand for the popular appliances skyrockets with rising global temperatures, incomes and urbanization.
Virtual Office, Real CO2 Reductions
This article is the second in a series where CLASP takes up emerging topics in climate and energy access; written by Stephen Pantano, CLASP Chief Research Officer.
Environmental Dumping, A Perspective from Ghana
In this article we’re pleased to feature CLASP partner Kofi Agyarko of Ghana’s Energy Commission, as part of CLASP’s #ClimateWiseCooling campaign. Mr. Agyarko’s interview supplements CLASP and IGSD’s recent publication “Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa”.
CLASP Welcomes Joyita Mukherjee to the Board of Directors
CLASP is pleased to announce that Joyita Mukherjee has joined the CLASP Board of Directors. She maintains 25 years of expertise in climate change and international development in emerging markets.
Off-Grid Solar Social Enterprises Respond to COVID-19 in Kenya & Zambia
Under the Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Challenge, as Efficiency for Access Coalition Co-Secretariat CLASP has been working closely with Grantee companies across sub-Saharan Africa as they adapt operations to help vulnerable off-grid consumers navigate the COVID 19 Pandemic.
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.