The solution seeks to promote energy efficiency (EE) and substantially reduce energy consumption in the residential sector through the Mandatory household equipment energy labeling system and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) schemes. Tunisia adopted energy labeling and minimum energy efficiency standards regulations for refrigerators in 2004 and has recently implemented standards and labeling programme for household appliances and other energy using equipment. It is a result of long-term efforts of l`Agence Nationale pour la Maitrise de l`Energie (ANME with support of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
The programme includes the following elements:
- Showcasing the applicability and success of green projects and ventures
- Consumer research used to design the Tunisian energy label;
- Establishment and accreditation of national test facilities;
- Energy performance certification, verification and compliance process;
- Development of refrigerator energy efficiency and labeling criteria;
- Public communications and outreach strategy.
The process of development and implementation of the labeling system and MEPS program for household equipment has proved that:
- A participatory multi-stakeholder approach is the most effective way of insuring the success of the strategy elaboration and implementation
- Control and market monitoring is an essential action to win consumer trust: Ministry of Trade have conducted in 2013 a large campaign of market surveillance to verify conformity of products tested against products marketed
- Communication is a powerful tool to promote high performance and efficient technologies: ANME is developing a new communication strategy to promote Energy Labeling Programs
- Governments must create a win - win situation between the state and the consumer: ANME is developing a mechanism to promote 1 million high performance refrigerators (600.000 replacement and 400.000 new acquisitions).
It is estimated that by 2030 the programme will have saved 3.4 Mt of CO2 emissions at a cost to the GEF of just 20 USc/tonne. The cost of conserved electricity for Tunisian consumers is projected to be less than 1U Sc/kWh, which compares very favorably with the current tariff of 7.4 USc/kWh.
The solution can serve as a role model for other developing countries in terms of design and implementation.
Partners: National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME) (Tunisia), Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Ministry of Trade of Tunisia
Fethi Hanchi, Director - Division of Rational Utilization of Energy
National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME), Tunisia