Leapfrogging markets to high efficiency products (appliances, including lighting, and, electrical equipment)

Project General Information



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The Program builds on the UNEP-GEF global project “Establishing the Foundations of a Partnership to Accelerate the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Appliances and Equipment,” (UNEP Project #5831), hereinafter called the “SE4ALL Global Project”. The project is called this due to its contribution to the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative’s Lighting and Appliance & Equipment Accelerators. The SE4ALL Global Project has formed a global partnership, recently named United for Efficiency (U4E), which compiles international organizations, like-minded organizations, and private sector companies. Further, by the end of the project, it will have the commitment from at least thirty countries to transform their markets to energy efficient lighting, appliances, and equipment.


The proposed “Leapfrogging markets to high efficiency products (appliances, including lighting, and electrical equipment” proposed GEF program, hereinafter called the “Global Leapfrogging Program” will utilize the resources already developed under SE4ALL Global Project, such as country assessments and best practice policy guides in order to increase the number of countries committing to advance energy efficient products. Further, it will follow the consensus recommendations on the policy framework when developing technical guides and training under the Global Leapfrogging Program. This relationship is reflected in the Figure 1 below and the text describing each component.


The Global Leapfrogging Program proposes to countries an integrated policy approach under Component 1 to meet their individual policy needs and priorities. The Global Leapfrogging Program allows for the use of a coherent and consistent integrated approach, providing greater likelihood of success and increased harmonization between countries.  Integrated policy approaches (minimum standards, MVE, communication campaigns and financial mechanisms, and environmentally sound management) have been demonstrated to permanently transition markets to energy efficient products while addressing environmental concerns.


As is described in Figure 1 and further in description of the components below (pages 9-12), the support to countries can be described as follows:


Implementation of “national-child projects” (National STAR allocation)

·         Countries included: countries that allocate their National STAR Allocation to projects promoting energy efficiency of lighting, appliances, and equipment. It is expected that up to 10 countries will utilize their STAR allocation under this programmatic approach on lighting, appliances, and equipment.

·         Type of support provided: Implementation of national projects to advance energy efficiency of lighting, appliances, and equipment through the integrated policy approach.


Virtual Center of Excellence available to all country partners (Global Funding)

·         Countries included: all countries that join as member of global partnership to the en.lighten amd/or U4E initiatives. It is expected that 100 developing countries and emerging economies will join. This will be broken down between 30 countries that committed to the partnership under the SE4ALL Project (GEF5) and the 70 countries that committed to the partnership on the Global Leapfrogging Program (GEF6).

·         Type of support provided: countries will be supported through the virtual Centre of Excellence, including:

o   Technical how to guides on topics of interest for the advancement of energy efficient products;

o   Technical webinars on specific topics of the integrated policy approach;

o   Country assessments showing the financial, environmental and GHG benefits of a transition to energy efficient products;

o   Regional status reports describing the policies in place, potential benefits of a market transformation, and opportunities for harmonization;


Training provided to “non national-child project” countries (Global Funding)

·         Countries included: The SE4ALL Global Project will prioritize the 15 countries that will receive this support.

·         Type of support provided: The program will host in person training for trainers to bring together representatives from partner countries to increase capacities on implementing MEPS, supporting policies, MVE, and environmentally sound management.


Training provided to  “national-child project” countries (Global Funding)

·         Countries included: The program will provide support up to the 10 expected 10 “national-child project” countries that submit a project under this program.

·         Type of support provided: The program will host in person training for trainers to bring together representatives from partner countries to increase capacities on implementing MEPS, supporting policies, MVE, and environmentally sound management.


Outreach to countries (Global Funding)

·         Countries included: outreach will be provided to developing countries and emerging economies. Countries will be prioritized under the SE4ALL Global Project.

·         Type of support provided: the program will provide outreach to countries through regional workshops to promote coordinated action and side events alongside major environmental/energy events. The outreach will increase the number of governments committing to advance energy efficiency of lighting, appliances, and equipment, while also promoting regional coordination. It is expected 100 developing countries and emerging economies will join the en.lighten/United for Efficiency Global Partnership. This is broken down by the 30 countries that committed to the partnership under the SE4ALL Project and the 70 countries that committed to the partnership on the Global Leapfrogging Program.


The Global Leapfrogging Program was originally submitted (GEF Council October 2015) with child projects of Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, and Sudan and a projected eight additional countries are expected to join. The project is now being re-submitted with child projects in Myanmar, Indonesia, Tunisia, South Africa, and Chile. This means that a final submission will occur with 3 new countries. Other countries interested in submitting a child project under Global Leapfrogging Program, include China and Lesotho.


For each child project, a concept note including national background, policy status, baseline scenario, description of individual national components, and potential savings.


The virtual Centre of Excellence that has been developed by UNEP, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Copper Association (ICA), CLASP and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), along with the UNEP-GEF SE4ALL Global Project (#5831) will support the child projects with consensus recommendations on best practice policies and strategies. Under Component 2 of this Program it will extend virtual Centre of Excellence work previously completed by providing in-depth “how to” guides (MEPS – minimum energy performance standards MVE – monitoring, verification, and enforcement; supporting policies, and environmentally sound management), training for government officials, and also providing remote support for government officials. Further, under Component 3, a regional status reports will be developed and regional workshops will be hosted in order to increase the number of countries committing to transform their markets and increase regional harmonization.


By providing global funding for Component 2 and 3, the project will have immense impact in increasing the capacities of countries to implement projects on energy efficiency. These capacities will allow countries to successfully implement projects using their GEF STAR allocation and also allow some countries to implement market transformation projects independently with national budget or with outside funding. Component 2 will provide light support and guidance to 15 “non national-child project” countries and the 10 “national-child project” countries to ensure that best practices are implemented and using a common approach across different countries, while adapting to national circumstances. By doing so, GEF resources will be able to be extended further (in scope and/or depth), while also providing higher impact results, translating into greater GHG emission reductions. 

Full Size Project(FSP)

Multi Regional

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombia, Chile, Myanmar, South Africa, Tunisia, Costa Rica, Indonesia

GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 10,150,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 55,900,000.00 $ 964,000.00 $ 0.00



Executing Agency Category

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Ruth Coutto

Risk Description Lack of engagement of regional and/or national manufacturers of appliances, equipment, and lighting Medium (i) Engage with regional and national manufacturers under Component 1 (supporting policies) to ensure their readiness (ii) Ensure regional and national manufacturers are properly consulted during the national strategy for energy efficient products. (iii) Persuade actively leading manufacturers of the benefits of joining the Global Partnership, by explaining the experiences gained by Philips and Osram in joining en.lighten where concrete action has been taken by countries, increasing markets of efficient products. Policies might be recommended but not implemented Medium (i) Engage leading policy development bodies at global, regional and national levels; (ii) Engage the Sustainable Energy for All initiative and its CEO, link the program to the UN Climate Summit process, the World Economic Forum and involve the UNEP Executive Director to generate the necessary political buy-in at national, regional and global levels; (iii) The UNDP and World Bank offices will gain the support and commitment of government officials and ministries; (iv) Involve the UNEP Regional Offices for advice and contacts for the implementation of program activities; (v) Provide technical assistance to overcome other institutional barriers (e.g. a lack of resources and skills to implement and enforce MVE); (vi) Ensure that the strategy identifies sources of on-going funding, including government budgets, public-private partnerships, and international donor and investor support (through grant, non-grant mechanisms, NAMAs, or other means). Weak government support, which leads to non-adoption or ineffective enforcement or policies and regulations. Medium (i) Incorporate necessary interventions (e.g. events to gain high level political commitment) for the formulation of the policies on energy-efficient products, including the accompanying implementing rules and regulations; (ii) Improve the institutional arrangements for the enforcement of product standards and quality norms (iii) Effectively communicate to government policymakers about the benefits to be gained from appliance energy efficiency policy. (vii) Utilize UNDP country offices and World Bank to mobilize the support and commitment of government officials and ministries; (viii) Launch national and regional projects to obtain government support and transform effectively the markets. Low-level participation from the private sector actors including manufacturers and distributors. Low (i) Involve the private sector key players from the project design stage; (ii) Disseminate latest information on the program’s developments and events through appropriate channels; (iii) Identify needs and demands through continuous dialogue; (iv) Involve the UNEP Executive Director to obtain participation and progress from companies; (v) The Sustainable Energy for All and the UN Climate Change Summit processes will facilitate the political consensus needed to promote the transition to efficient products; (vi) Effectively communicate to manufacturers and distributors about the benefits and economic opportunities to be gained from appliance energy efficiency policy. Delayed implementation of activities that are baselines for specific incremental activities of the proposed program Low (i) During the proposed program inception meeting the precise role of each partner and their responsibilities will be established. (ii) During the global inception meeting, a realistic schedule and plan will be established among responsible agencies and program partners.


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