Rwanda ELECTROGAZ (current Rwanda Energy Group Limited “REG Ltd”) Compact Fluorescent Lamps (C F L) DISTRIBUTION PROJECT
THE WORLD BANK /CARBON FINANCE UNIT TESTIMONY.
From July 2007 up to May 2014, the current RWANDA ENERGY GROUP LTD (REG Ltd) has carried out a project of disseminating country wide the energy efficient bulbs named Compact Fluorescent lamps (CFL) in replacement of the incandescent bulbs.
The project name is “RWANDA ELECTROGAZ CFL DISTRIBUTION PROJECT”. Under CDM (Clean Development Mechanisms of KYOTO PROTOCOL) process, the project name does never change even when the project entity changes the name.
II. PROJECT OBJECTIVE
The project has two main objectives:
1. Saving grid electricity up to 75% of electricity lighting consumption and the relating cost.
2. From replacing incandescent bulbs by CFLs, contributing to reducing of greenhouse gas polluting the environment for around 24000TCo2 per year from 2010 to 2020. In order to achieve this objective, the carbon project was developed under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme, and it was registered on 3rd May 2010 under the number 3404.
III. PROJECT PARTICIPANTS.
A part from the World Bank and REG Ltd /MININFRA jointly implementing the project, many developed countries have been involved in the project implementation for carbon benefit. The participant countries are: Netherlands – Germany – Austria – Canada – Sweden – Italy – Belgium – Spain – Finland – Norway – Switzerland – Japan – Luxembourg (for more details, please visit https://cdm.unfccc.int/SDTools/index.html and click on the project number 3404).
IV. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
- Completion of the distribution of 800,000CFL
- Reduction of 23,491 Tons of Carbon Dioxide (TCo2) over the first crediting period from 3rd May 2010 to 31st December 2012.
- Saving of about 64GWh equivalent to USD14.5Million of saved money by electricity consumers per year and reducing electricity demand of 30MW.
V. KEY OF PROJECT SUCCESS
- Participating to Project Design Document (PDD) preparing and elaborating the good monitoring plan as well in order to make sure that everything to be verified is realistic and feasible in the local context.
- Insuring the data collection and data keeping as well as the related documentation comply with the monitoring requirements and the related recommended CDM methodology.
- Providing data to stakeholders on due time.
- Sensitization and training of people involved in the project implementation.
- Regular monitoring of the project activities and make sure that data are accurate.
- Anticipating the independent audit and conduct the site visit before the Audit intervention.
VI. NEXT STEPS FOR FURTHER PROJECT BENEFITS
- Data collection for the last batch of 400,000CFL distributed from 2012 up to May 2014
- Installation of the hour meters to all customers responding to the sampling criteria
- Collecting hour meters index on quarterly basis and provide them to the WB carbon Finance Unit,
- Guiding the project verification activities (second monitoring period)
- Looking for the way to sell the carbon credits that the World Bank will not buy from 2016 to 2020.