Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Labeling Programme in Kenya


Energy Security is critical to any country. Each country therefore needs to come up with strategies and investment plans to secure sustainable supply of energy to meet the growing energy demand. In Kenya, the energy sector is considered a key enabler to achieving Vision 2030.

Standards and Labeling is one of the key drivers in enhancing energy utilization and reduce the overall energy demand in a country.

Although technology has resulted in gains in energy efficiency which has increased the overall energy efficiency of electrical appliances, many appliances on sale in Kenya have been inefficient in comparison to other parts of the world.

In 2010, Kenya initiated the Standards and Labelling Programme that would lead to introduction of minimum energy performance standards and labels. The initiative targeted at bringing about a market transformation by removing the most inefficient appliances from the market as well as introducing an energy information label which would allow consumers to make an informed choice on selected appliances.

Developed countries have mature S&L programmes and their experiences and challenges provide important learning lessons. However these countries operate under very different circumstances socially and economically as compared to Kenya. They typically have more resources, both human and financial, and may not have the pressing service delivery needs being experienced in a developing country like Kenya. Their experience with and approaches to S&L programmes have to be customized to Kenyan circumstances.

The paper presents the approach adopted by the country, the challenges and success factors which could be eye opener to other countries with similar characteristics.  It also highlights the gains achieved so far and the future opportunities in appliance standards and labelling.

Presented By

Joseph Njuguna, C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Senior Energy Consultant
Energy Advisory Ltd.

Joseph Njuguna has extensive experience in the Energy sector and Project Management fields. He is a Senior Energy Consultant at Energy Advisory Ltd.

He is currently involved in the formulation of the first National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy for Kenya. He has developed a strong knowledge of Energy standards and labelling through his experience as a National Project Manager for a Standards and Labelling Programme executed in collaboration with UNDP, GEF and the Government of Kenya. He spearheaded successful implementation of the programme that resulted into the first Minimum Energy Performance Standards and labels in Kenya.

He has served as the Kenya’s Institutional Advisor for CLASP – USA which is implementing the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol.

He has worked as a Project Engineer in a nationwide Energy Efficiency Programme executed in collaboration with the GEF, UNDP, Government of Kenya and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) through which Kenyan facilities achieved substantial monetary savings. He has undertaken assignments for the IFC Climate Change Investment Program in Africa (CIPA). He is involved with the Green Mini Grid (GMG) Facility in Kenya

He is a Category A licensed Energy Auditor and has undertaken over 100 Energy Audits for Industrial and commercial facilities in Kenya. He is also a trainer in Energy Management.

He holds an MSc. in Project Management from the University of Manchester, an MBA and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nairobi.

He is certified by AEE as CEM and CMVP