GEAR exists to improve electricity grid efficiency and resilience in emerging markets.

Its mission is to maximise the amount of electricity delivered to households and businesses in emerging markets, thereby accelerating socioeconomic development and reducing GHG emissions.

GEAR was initiated by the International Copper Association (ICA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), African Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR), Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), United for Efficiency (U4E) and is managed by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).


  1. Provide policy support to improve the energy efficiency of products
  2. Increase the uptake of energy efficient distribution transformers and interconnection of distributed renewables and the grid
  3. Derisk and match energy efficiency projects with appropriate investment and technology
  4. Enhance capacity to improve grid maintenance

While nothing can be achieved alone, everything indeed is possible by joining hands. Private-Public Partnerships are critical to bring together like-minded organisations towards a common goal. GEAR seeks to partner with existing initiatives whose remit is to make an impact on the UN SDGs.

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