Off-Grid Energy

The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) is a not-for-profit association created to promote lighting solutions that benefit society and businesses in developing and emerging markets. GOGLA recognizes the challenge of over one-quarter of the world’s population living without access to electricity, and it addresses this challenge by supporting the provision of off-grid lighting to those in need. The move to off-grid lighting transforms lives and economies in developing countries around the world by increasing incomes, assisting educational development and improving health and safety.

The IRIS initiative and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) have collaborated to identify the alignment between IRIS metrics and GOGLA’s newly developed set of standardized impact metrics, which can be used to understand the impact of the off-grid energy sector. The coordination between IRIS and GOGLA aims to further advance the use of standardized metrics that will strengthen the efficiency, credibility, and consistency in the reporting process.

The vision of this off-grid energy metric set is to accurately describe impacts of organizations operating in the sector, in a harmonized and comparable manner. This set of metrics includes metrics that are relatively easy to track and linked through research and practical experience to the critical development outcomes. Organizations including manufacturers, distributors, multilateral programs, and industry groups can adopt this set of core metrics as a key piece of reporting for program outcomes. The standardized framework enables industry-wide aggregation and confers credibility on the results of off-grid energy enterprises. Ultimately, this standardized reporting and benchmarking aims to help attract investment and working capital, as well as drive policy discussion, advocacy efforts, and other initiatives to help the sector scale.

GOGLA convened a Social Impact Measurement Working Group in 2013 to produce this harmonized standard for the off-grid energy sector. The first phase of the working group’s focus was to create conservatively constructed calculations for modelling a set of priority metrics, which all GOGLA members and other companies will be encouraged to report on. The underlying calculations are based on expertly reviewed estimations, analysis, and other inputs from the working group’s members and other external experts in the field. The working group achieved several important steps even beyond those traditionally taken by metric working groups; these include: identifying priority impact metrics relevant to GOGLA members for global reporting, establishing appropriate formulae for calculating metric values, and sourcing available data to propose coefficient default values (with references, assumptions, and limitations outlined). Each metric outlines the definition, estimations underlying the metric, the usefulness of the metric, the calculation, and improvements planned for future work. The IRIS metrics listed below are not reflective of all the metrics developed by the GOGLA working group, but rather, capture just the IRIS metrics that align to the framework. For more details, organizations using the metrics should view the full GOGLA metrics framework

IRIS-GOGLA Aligned Off-Grid Lighting Metrics

Thematically-Aligned IRIS Metrics for Off-Grid Energy