Press Release

GEF grant for efficient lighting in the city of Lome, Togo

May 28, 2009

The World Bank's Board of Directors today approved an Efficient Lighting Project for the City of Lome for the Republic of Togo. Supported by a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant totaling US$1.82 million (approximately CFAF 900 million), this project will help

(i) disseminate at least 400,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to replace incandescent light bulbs currently in use;

(ii) organize outreach and awareness-building campaigns aimed at promoting an energy efficiency culture; and

(iii) introduce a regulatory and quality control mechanism in the national distribution market for CFLs.

The new project is part of the Emergency Infrastructure and Electricity Rehabilitation Project (PURISE) totaling US$25 million, whose main objective is to expand access to urban infrastructure services in the city of Lome.