The Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards Programme (PALS), with funding and oversight from the Commonwealth of Australia, and regional management from the Pacific Community (SPC), has supported ten PICs since 2012 as they sought to enact legislation and implement Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Labelling (MEPSL) for their highest energy-consuming appliances.
The budget for the PALS programme was AU$3 million. The original programme was slated to last three years, but was extended, without a budget increase, to six years, primarily due to slower than anticipated legislative processes. This end-of-programme evaluation was conducted in March through May of 2019. It focused on six of ten PICs that participated in PALS:
Evaluation methods included a review of programme materials and relevant literature and 57 in-depth interviews Kiribati and Cook Islands. Evaluation methods included a review of programme materials and relevant literature and 57 in-depth interviews2 with PALS stakeholders, including: programme staff, technical advisors and donors; representatives from relevant governmental ministries and departments; appliance retailers, wholesalers, and agents; and other stakeholders.
This evaluation examines the extent to which PALS met its four desired outcomes:
To confirm political commitment for MEPSL
To establish enabling environments for MEPSL
To support MEPSL adoption and operation
To help build region-wide capacity for MEPSL
This assessment also examines the key challenges PALS encountered during MEPSL’s legislative and implementation processes, and recommends how to mitigate those challenges if similar programmes were to be pursued in the future.