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- 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 Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered jointly by the 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.
A significant aspect of LEIA’s mandate is to manage a coalition of international donors – the Efficiency for Access coalition, which is convened by the UK Aid and USAID Power Africa. It involves a range of co-funders including DFID, USAID Power Africa, Energising Development (EnDev), ESMAP, Good Energies Foundation, IFC, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Shell Foundation, Sida and the World Bank.
The Efficiency for Access coalition is coordinated jointly by the Energy Saving Trust and CLASP.
LEIA has identified appliance categories that show growth potential in off- and weak-grid areas – one of which is refrigeration. Refrigeration holds the potential to unlock social and economic progress for people living in un- and under-electrified areas. It can facilitate the development of income-generating enterprises, prolong the shelf life of fresh foods, reduce spoilage and waste, and reduce the time that householders spend time shopping and/or gathering food.
The LEIA project team are looking for a researcher, or team of researchers to develop a typology of the most common-use cases for refrigerators, assessing the viability and potential of each. This research should point to not only where there is immediate potential for impact, but also where there is not.
Upload your proposal here.
In accordance with the requirements of transparency from DFID, Energy Saving Trust have published all relevant data on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website. You can find this data here.
Consulting services will be required throughout the lifetime of the LEIA programme. Energy Saving Trust and CLASP will aim to create a framework of contractors and consultants who will contribute to and support various aspects of the programme delivery.
You can find the full list of consulting services and technology expertise areas, and complete the prequalification questionnaire here.