Leapfrogging Zimbabwe’s market to energy-efficient refrigerators and distribution transformers
This Technology Transfer Advances Zimbabwe's
Nationally Determined Contribution to focus on energy efficiency improvements and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% below the projected Business As Usual scenario by 2030.
Zimbabwe’s energy mix consists of 55% energy from fossil fuel sources (mainly coal) and from 37% from hydroelectric plants. Climate change inhibits the reliability of hydropower as droughts in Zimbabwe increasingly lead to power cuts and intermittency issues. The energy sector of Zimbabwe is the largest contributor to national GHG emissions (60.7%), mainly due to heavy reliance on coal which makes up 46% of electricity generation. To tackle these issues, the government of Zimbabwe has set ambitious targets to achieve 72% (TSP, 2018) electricity access by 2020.
Zimbabwe currently faces critical challenges to achieving market transformation towards energy efficient products including lack of information and awareness, limited labelling of appliances, and an absence of minimum energy performance standards.
The CTCN previously developed detailed country assessments for 9 Southern Africa countries, including Zimbabwe, focusing on five priority products (i.e. lighting, refrigerators, air conditioners, electric motors and distribution transformers). This assistance will help to inform Zimbabwe's future objectives for climate-related policy actions.