The West African Economic and Monetary Union (known as UEMOA from its French name, Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine) is an organisation of eight fast-growing West African states.
Their pace of development means that these countries are facing electricity shortages, so energy efficiency is a high priority. A previous REEEP-funded project helped UEMOA in developing a regional EE labelling programme for appliances, and formed a network of country experts to handle EE issues.
This project will enable UEMOA to support national efforts to promote EE via building codes. A new conceptual building code in Benin shows that 35% energy savings can be achieved through EE technologies and best practices that are adapted to local conditions.