Global LEAP and partners’ post-COP21 achievements were announced both at COP22 and in a recent Obama Administration press release.
At the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, energy leaders from across the globe are focusing on concrete steps and celebrating actions taken that will achieve the priorities of the Paris Agreement, including the promotion of energy access worldwide. Among the activities featured at Marrakech were those of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM’s) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) and its partners.
With over one billion people lacking access to electricity and the basic services it provides, the recognition of energy access as a critical need is growing in prominence. November 11 marked Global Climate Action Energy Day at COP22, with energy access as a primary track. Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) coordinated the November 11 events, which featured updates and announcements from the Efficiency for Access (E4A) Coalition, a global effort announced by Global LEAP and SE4All at COP21. In addition, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation’s (IPEEC’s) Energy Efficiency Magazine for COP22 includes an article by the U.S. Global LEAP lead discussing demand-side energy efficiency’s key role in extending energy access by increasing the affordability of energy services.
With the increased focus on energy access, Global LEAP plays an expanding role in achieving commitments established during and after COP21. CEM member governments of Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with development partners, have invested over $39 million in Global LEAP since 2010 to catalyze the development of commercial markets for high-quality, efficient, and affordable clean energy access solutions. The White House recently released Catalyzing Global Markets for Off-Grid Energy Access, a report describing the U.S. government’s role in supporting the development of self-sustaining markets for off-grid energy services. Both economic and climate benefits of energy access are discussed, along with off-grid products and markets. The report identified Global LEAP’s many contributions, along with those of several partner organizations.
An Obama administration press release announced several of Global LEAP’s most notable successes since the signing of the Paris Agreement.
- Providing more than $11 million for the deployment of efficient off-grid technologies globally. E4A raised $11.5 million in funding as part of the E4A Year of Action 2016 campaign that culminates at COP22. This funding will support the development and deployment of high-quality, energy-efficient off-grid technologies globally. Super-efficient off-grid technologies are critical to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7, which targets universal access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
- Bringing efficient appliances to 1000 rural Indian villages. Global LEAP and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Smart Power for Rural Development initiative are announcing a new partnership to accelerate the deployment and use of energy-efficient off-grid devices in rural India. The U.S. Department of State will, subject to Congressional notification, provide funding for Global LEAP to support the development and roll-out of a program to deploy energy-efficient devices such as televisions, fans, and refrigerators at selected Smart Power supported mini-grid sites. It will also develop a strategy for a program-wide scale-up targeted to reduce energy costs for some of the poorest people in India. When deployed, this program is expected to reduce energy consumption by over 50% for rural households, increase revenue for mini-grid operators by over 300% per household, and generate rural employment for people involved in distribution and supply chain management of the devices.
- Launching the 2016–17 Global LEAP Awards for Off-Grid Televisions and Fans. The competition will identify the world’s most efficient appliances designed for use in off-grid settings, which are critical to delivering clean energy services to millions of households globally. Winners and Finalists of the 2016–17 Global LEAP Awards, including an off-grid refrigeration competition in partnership with Power Africa’s Scaling Off-Grid Grand Challenge and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. Winners and finalists of the Global LEAP Awards will be eligible to participate in the multi-million dollar CEM Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives Program, accelerating the uptake of these products in key off-grid markets in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Pioneering investment in the off-grid appliance market. Acumen, through its Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative, and Shell Foundation are partnering with Global LEAP and the Global LEAP Awards program to identify investment opportunities in cutting-edge off-grid appliance enterprises. Acumen and Shell Foundation will utilize the outcomes of the 2016–17 Global LEAP Awards for televisions, fans, and refrigerators as an input to its due diligence efforts to identify opportunities for impact investment in the off-grid appliance market.
- Accelerating the off-grid clean energy market in Bangladesh. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between CEM’s Global LEAP and Bangladesh’s Infrastructure Development Company Limited to develop the world’s first quality and energy performance standards for off-grid appliances. These standards will ensure that off-grid solar customers in Bangladesh have access to high-quality, reliable and affordable modern energy services.
- Accelerating and expanding the role of energy efficiency in energy access. A new collaboration between Global LEAP, CLASP, the Copenhagen Center on Energy Efficiency, Power Africa, the World Bank, and others will provide assistance to governments, donors, industry, and other stakeholders on how best to leverage energy efficiency to deliver energy access faster, more reliably, and at the least social, environmental, and economic cost.
- Enabling scale in the mini-grids sector through quality assurance. The Global LEAP initiative, Power Africa, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are announcing the publication of a Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) for Mini-Grids. Through this partnership, Power Africa is also providing dedicated resources for associated technical assistance on the QAF in sub-Saharan Africa. The QAF aims to provide structure and transparency in the micro- and mini-grid sector based on best practices from successful utility models. It also reflects the range of service levels required to meet the needs of various segments of the off-grid consumer base by defining standard tiers of end-user service and linking them to relevant technical parameters. Implementation of the QAF will provide the foundation for comparisons across projects, assessment of impacts, and greater confidence that will help drive investment and scale-up in this sector.
About Global LEAP
Global LEAP, the CEM’s energy access initiative, works to catalyze the development of commercial markets for energy access solutions. Global LEAP’s work:
- Supports quality assurance frameworks for off-grid energy products and services, which build consumer, industry, policymaker and investor confidence
- Enables the uptake of super-efficient off-grid technologies, which reduce energy supply costs
- Facilitates programmatic, policy, and research collaboration among energy access stakeholders
The initiative benefits product manufacturers, off-grid energy companies, policymakers, investors, and off-grid consumers. Through a variety of targeted programs, Global LEAP is filling gaps in the marketplace, enabling faster, better-informed action by market actors, and making energy more accessible to the developing world. www.globalleap.org