The Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS) was developed to further enhance ongoing efforts, by providing a roadmap towards setting and achieving energy efficiency goals. This strategy has established targets in the five thematic sectors to be accomplished within a five-year timeline up to 2025.
The Household Sector has two targets. It aims to increase the number of household appliances subjected to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) from six to ten. It also aims for the use of improved efficient biomass cookstoves at 50 per cent of all households currently using biomass cookstoves.
There are six targets to be met in the Building Sector. First, there should be 10% share of newly built floor area compliant with energy efficiency requirements in the total building stock from the current baseline of zero. Second, two per cent of the buildings should have adopted American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standards for energy efficiency of buildings, or equivalent. Third, energy loads due to lighting in public buildings will be reduced by 50 per cent. Fourth and fifth, 20 per cent of public buildings and 25 per cent of the affordable houses the government is planning to build should be green, respectively. Lastly, the sector should develop Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for buildings.
This strategy has also set two targets for the Industry and Agriculture Sector. The sector is expected to increase the number of energy audits carried out from the current 1,800 to 4,000. The sector is also expected to implement the recommended energy conservation measures to save 100 MW of power demand, 250 million litres of heavy fuel oil and 9 million litres of industrial diesel oil.
In the Transport Sector, three targets have been set. The first is the improvement of fuel economy. Increasing the share of electric vehicles in the transport sector has been identified as the second target, aiming to reach five per cent. Lastly, NEECS targets to increase the number of passengers using commuter trains from 116,000 to 150,000 per day.
In the Utilities Sector, the strategy identifies the need to reduce transmission and distribution system losses from 23 to 15 per cent.