Madagascar relies on diesel power plants to provide power for its inhabitants, forcing the country to spend more than USD 100 million in fossil fuel imports each year. Consequently, the price of electricity comes at a high cost to the Malagasy people, both in terms of the increase financial burdens and the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmsophere.
This initiative is part of a multistakeholder effort involving the Madagascar Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Environment, the Telma Foundation, Phillips, the World Bank, the state utility Jirama, and WWF, and aims to mitigate these effects by distributing high quality energy saving lamps while pushing for a broader regulatory framework to support efficient lighting technologies.
So far, 920,000 energy saving lamps have been distributed at a reduced price in exchange for incandescent lamps throughout towns and cities of Madagascar. These efforts have culminated in the Madagascan government being able to save USD 6 million per year in reduced peak load and fossil fuel imports.
Project impacts and benefits:
- Emission reduction (ER) per lamp over 7 years: 100 kg CO2e
- Energy saved per household per year: 65 kilowatt hours
- Money saved per household per year: $19
- Number of lamps distributed: 518,000
- People benefitting from efficient lighting: 586,000
- Economic benefit: $ 6 million savings per year in the reduced peak load and saved fossil fuel imports in the country.
- Expected ER over 7 years: 52,000 tCO2
Photography © 2016 WWF Madagascar.