The Strengthening Low Carbon Energy Island Strategies (LCEI) project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and executed by the Ministry with implementation support from UN Environment.
- Transformation of markets for energy efficient technologies in buildings and the built environment in the Maldives; and
- Promotion of energy efficiency investments in buildings, particularly through private-public partnerships.
The overall objective of this project is to mainstream energy efficiency measures into policies, guidelines, standards and building practices in the Maldives and to achieve a substantial reduction of GHG emissions as a result of improved buildings and building management practices and to leverage substantial investment in activities leading to increased energy efficiency.
- Component 1: Adoption of policy, institutional and legislative framework to lower energy use in the building sector
- Component 2: Demonstration of innovative financing to lower energy use in the building sector
- Component 3: Capacity enhancement to lower the energy use and GHG emissions in the building sector
- Component 4: Monitoring and assessment system to measure effectiveness of the project interventions and to support replication
Main partners involved:
Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (MNPHI), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Ministry of Economic Development (MOED), Housing Development Cooperation (HDC), Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB), Maldives Metrological Service (MMS), Architects Association of the Maldives (AAM), Association of Civil Engineers (ACE), Maldives Customs Service (MCS), Maldives National University (MNU), Civil Service Training Institute (CSTI), Maldives Girl Guide Association (MGGA), Scout Association of Maldives (SAM), State Electric Company Limited (STELCO), Fenaka Corporation Limited (FENAKA), Malé Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), Ministry of Education.
Outcome of the project
- BuildingEnergy efficiency guidelines endorsed by the Government. The guideline has been developed with dedicated engagement from stakeholders. This ensures that the guideline is acceptable in the national context. This provides a good first step in creating standards for energy efficient buildings. Code compliance documents on Energy Efficiency (H1), Ventilation (G4), Artificial light (G8) and Natural light (G7) have been drafted and the process has been initiated to legally adopt the provisions of the guideline.
- The labelling program for energy efficient appliances launched as voluntary program under the name “Hakathari”. At the end of the project, 6 models of air conditioners with rating of 4 and 5 stars was registered in the program.
- Procurement policy board under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has approved the Procurement policy to incorporate EE requirement in public procurement and the implementation will be initiated after cabinet approval once labelled appliances become widely available in the market.
- An agreement was signed with Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB) to implement a financing program that would compensate the incremental cost of labelled appliances for the purchaser, by using funds provided by the MECCT under the LCEI project in a guarantee mechanism, to reduce risk of non-payment to MIB in providing financing at a lower cost than its commercial financing. The financing program shall cover appliances affixed with the label rating of 3, 4 and 5 stars. The LCEI project provided MVR 12,288,000 for the implementation of the financing scheme.
- Funds have been made available via MIB so building owners will be able to use the funds to purchase energy efficiency equipment for the buildings.
- BREEAM Very Good rating interim certification was achieved for the proposed HDC Green building to be constructed in Hulhumale’, Republic of Maldives.
- Maldives Meteorological Services building in Addu City was designed as a demonstration building with visitor’s centre to disseminate information on energy efficient building. The building was designed based on the provisions of the energy efficiency guideline.
- The Maldives National University’s Bachelor of Architecture program was revised with energy efficiency, sustainable building design with an optional module of energy auditing.
- 243 professionals were trained on low energy building design in the tropics.
- 21 professionals were trained from financial institutionsin providing finance for EE buildings
- Trainers was trained from Civil Service Training Institute and MECCT to conduct continuous capacity building programs.
- Facility managers from 12 Government agencies was trained.
- Procurement officers from 14 Government agencies was trained.
- 121 stakeholders from Maldives Customs Service, Importers, Retails, Salesperson and Government officials were trained on the implementation of labelling program.
- Database on energy use monitoring system developed.
- Energy Efficiency awareness sessions was conducted for 420 students and 38 teachers to 9 schools in nine atolls. 59% of the students were female and 42% were male students.
- Energy Efficiency Badge was developed in partnership with Maldives Girl Guides Association (MGGA) and Scouts Association of Maldives (SAM) and launched on 29th March 2019. Both associations have incorporated the badge into their syllabus. MGGA has reported that 266 Little Maids have achieved the Energy Efficiency (EE) Badge
Success Stories of project
Hakathari Program – Energy efficiency standards and labeling program of the Maldives
Hakathari – developed by the combination of words “hakatha” meaning energy and “thari” meaning stars, the programme is a standards and labelling programme for electrical appliances in the Maldives. The programme was launched on 16th September 2021. It provides consumers with a simple and clear indication of the energy-saving potential of electrical appliances, at the point of purchase.
Financing program has been developed to increase the demand for Hakathari appliances and increase the uptake of labels into the appliance market. The financing scheme is designed to compensate the incremental cost of labelled appliances for the purchaser, in a guarantee mechanism to reduce risk of non-payment in providing financing at a lower cost than the commercial financing rate. The financing program will allow for the purchase of 3, 4 and 5 star rated appliances from the list of items labelled under the Hakathari Program. These appliances can be purchased at a rate of 10% per annum. The financing scheme is being implemented by Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB)
Certified Energy Auditor Training
Energy audit is an important tool for defining energy efficiency measures, which can be carried out at different levels. Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) training was conducted with support from the Association of Energy Engineer’s (AEE) for national capacity building in the field of energy auditing in the Maldives. AEE certification programs that are internationally accredited, such as the CEM and CEA, comply with global standards and industrial markets’ defacto requirements in over 100 countries and have been utilized by agencies and organizations to develop energy efficiency programs worldwide.
Energy Efficiency Workshops for Students
To increase awareness of energy end-users, the public, students and the youths a tailor-made workshop was conducted for secondary school students, aimed at improving student’s knowledge on energy efficiency, also enabling them to raise awareness among their parents and families.
Energy Efficiency Badge
Awareness creates change by providing information about topics which are new. The energy efficiency badge was developed for all age groups of Maldives Girl Guides Association and the Scouts of Maldives. This badge widens the opportunity for engaging in energy efficiency good practices and knowledge in the areas of climate change, the benefits of energy efficiency in combating climate change throughout the Maldivian communities.
Building Energy Efficiency Guideline
The energy efficiency guideline for buildings has been developed to provide guidance on designing and developing energy efficient buildings in the Maldives. The guideline was developed suitable for the Maldivian context by surveying the existing conditions, building practices material availability and inputs from architects, engineers and other professional practicing in the building construction field.
Demonstration of BREEAM certification
Housing Development Cooperation (HDC) has obtained the interim BREEAM certification for the design of the Green Office Building to be constructed in Hulhumale’, Republic of Maldives. The Green Office Building is the first building in the Maldives to achieve this certification. The BREEAM certification is one of the world’s leading science-based suite of validation and certification systems for a sustainable built environment. Support for the enhancement of the building design to achieve this certification was provided under the LCEI project.
Demonstration of Maldives Meteorological Service Office building
The LCEI project is supporting the development of the Maldives Meteorological Services building in Addu City. The building is designed based on the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Building Guidelines developed under the LCEI project. It will demonstrate energy efficient design in buildings and include a visitor’s centre to disseminate information on the development of energy efficient buildings.
Life Cycle costing Assessment
The tools and guidelines for the implementation of lifecycle costing assessment in public procurement has been developed. This process will allow for the holistic assessment of upfront, operational and end-of-life costs of electrical appliances in procurement processes. The implementation of this process will commence once Hakathari labelled appliances become widely available in the market.
- Web page: Learn about Energy Conservation
- Web page: Hakathari Program – Energy efficiency standards and labeling program of the Maldives
- Video spot: Samakaara
- Video spot: Hakatha samakaara kurey
- Video spot: Importance of AC maintenance
- Video spot: Setting AC temperature
- Video spot: Development and benefits of the Hakathari Program
- Video spot: What is the Hakathari Label?
- Video spot: Hakathari Financial Scheme
- Advocacy: 2018 Calendar
Standards and labeling
Maldives Building Energy Efficiency Guideline
Demonstration of energy-efficient buildings
Development of financing programs
Guides & Manuals: