Ecodesign ECOWAS: Implementation of ECOWAS Approved Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Development of New MEPS for Electric Appliances in West Africa

The overall objective of this project is to support the implementation of existing regional Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for electric appliances, develop draft regional MEPS for additional appliances and conduct an appraisal of MEPS testing facilities and labelling for electrical appliances in West Africa in general, and in ECOWAS member states in particular.



One of the important factors for economic development in West Africa (ECOWAS 15 countries and Mauritania) is a sustainable supply of electricity at affordable prices. However, there are considerable gaps in the electricity supply in the region due to a lack of generation capacity and insufficient infrastructure for transmission and distribution of electricity. These problems could partly be addressed by promoting and implementing the potential of Energy Efficiency (EE) in the countries, and addressing the lack of integrated EE culture in the public, private, commercial and residential sectors. It is against this background that the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority were created. One of the activities of ECREEE over the past few years was to develop Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for on-grid and off-grid lighting as well as for air conditioners and refrigerators.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) is supporting all three regional organizations (ERERA, ECREEE, and WAPP) within the framework of the programme “Promotion of a climate-friendly power market in the ECOWAS region (ProCEM)”. The ProCEM support to ECREEE is cofinanced by the European Union (EU) in the framework of the project “Improving the governance of the RE and EE sector in West Africa” which is known by its French acronym AGoSEREE-AO.


Work package 1: Baseline assessment of existing approved MEPS (ECOWAS and national), institutional and legal frame work in the sub-region, and identification of new MEPS to be developed;

Work package 2: Formulation of a strategy for the implementation of regional MEPS at national level.

Work package 3: Development of drafts of three (3) new MEPS;

Work package 4: Develop a regional energy label for electric appliances and define the content of a directive or regulation on EE standards and labelling for electrical appliances;

Work package 5: Appraisal of MEPS testing facilities in West Africa;

Work package 6: Harmonization process of MEPS and Labelling.

regional MEPS elaborated for fans, televisions and electrical water heater

regional Energy Labelling Directive

strategy for the implementation of regional MEPS at national level

guidance for the conformity assessment and compliance check as well as approach regarding testing facility


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December 2018 to end of 2019


  • GIZ


  • Econoler (project leader): Econoler is an international consulting firm with 35 years of experience in the design, implementation, evaluation and financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects. Econoler has contributed to developing and implementing about 4,000 projects in over 140 countries.