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Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme

Efficiency for Access is a global coalition working to promote high performing appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people

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The Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA) aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances, particularly appliances suited for use in lesser developed countries. This includes technologies such as off-grid refrigeration, solar water pumps, fans and televisions.

LEIA will support market, consumer and impacts, as well as the research into technology that furthers the programme’s goal to double the efficiency and halve the costs of these off-grid and weak-grid technologies. This includes research to better understand the market opportunities and challenges.

The LEIA programme is a five-year programme that is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and delivered jointly by Energy Saving Trust, which specialises in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice and research, and CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organisation.

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Efficiency for Access

As part of our work on LEIA, Energy Saving Trust co-chairs the Efficiency for Access Secretariat with CLASP.

Efficiency for Access is a global coalition working to promote high performing appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people. It is a catalyst for change, accelerating the growth of off-grid appliance markets to boost incomes, reduce carbon emissions, improve quality of life and support sustainable development.

Efficiency for Access consists of 15 Donor Roundtable Members, 10 Programme Partners, and more than 30 Investor Network members. Current Efficiency for Access Coalition members have programmes and initiatives spanning 44 countries and 22 key technologies.

LEIA is Efficiency for Access’ flagship programme.

Read our blog about our visit to Energy for Access projects in Kenya.

International Aid Transparency Initiative

In accordance with the requirements of transparency from DFID, Energy Saving Trust has published all relevant data on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website. You can find this data here.

Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund

Launched in November 2018, the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency, and performance of a range of appliances that are particularly suited to developing country contexts and promote social inclusion.

In the past year, the Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund has supported 35 organisations with over £5 million in funding and facilitated a further £1.5m to 12 electric cooking projects with funding from UK aid.

Find out more about the Research and Development Fund.

Efficiency for Access Design Challenge

Delivered by Efficiency for Access, with the support of Engineers Without Borders UK, the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access. It is funded by UK aid and the IKEA Foundation.

Beginning in September 2019, the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge invites teams of university students to design affordable and energy-efficient appliances and technologies for low to middle income countries. By bringing together and inspiring university students, the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge’s goal is to foster innovation in the off-grid appliances sector. The competition also seeks to address barriers limiting market expansion in this area.

Year 2 began in September 2020, with 19 participating universities from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and the UK.

You can read more about the Challenge.

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