Supporting Energy Efficiency Access in West Africa (SEEA-WA) Project

The SEEA-WA project contributes to access to energy services in West Africa, through a regional programme to improve energy efficiency. The project aims to overcome the technical, financial, legal, institutional, social, gender and capacity related barriers that hinder the implementation of cost effective energy efficiency (EE) measures and systems.

Under the lead of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), SEEA-WA combines improved energy efficiency with on-going work on renewable energy sources, in order to broaden energy access. The project started in August 2011 and the total duration of  SEEA-WA implementation is forty (40) months.

SEEA-WA OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of SEEA-WA is to improve framework conditions for access to energy services, by supporting the creation of a regional programme on governance related to energy efficiency and access. The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Develop the ECOWAS regional Energy Efficiency policy (ECOWAS EE White Paper).
  • Raise the awareness of policy makers, regarding the commercial actors in the key energy value chains.
  • Build capacity at the regional and national level to facilitate implementation of the key energy efficient technologies.

SEEA-WA ACTIVITIES

The SEEA-WA project supported the development of the ECOWAS energy efficiency policy and is now advancing its implementation through six flag energy efficiency initiatives:

  • Initiative on Efficient Lighting to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps, and replace them with high efficiency fluorescent or LED lamps.
  • Initiative on High Performance Distribution of Electricity, by reducing commercial and technical losses in electricity distribution systems.
  • Initiative on Clean, Safe, Sustainable and Affordable Cooking (WACCA) to ensure that the entire ECOWAS population has access to clean and efficient stoves, with supply of adequate fuels.
  • Standards and Labelling Initiative to create a regional harmonised system of energy standards and energy efficiency labels.
  • Energy efficient buildings through the definition of building norms and practices adapted to the region, capacity building to create high level skills, as well as the availability of adequate energy efficient building materials.
  • Initiative on sustainable energy financing to mobilise environmental finance instruments – for Green House Gas emission reductions through Kyoto, NAMAs and voluntary markets, for ozone depleting substances through the Montreal Protocol, etc. – to support regional projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Further Information:

ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy (Broschure)

SEEA-WA (Broschure)