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Bring old fridges for new ones... Says Energy Commission

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The Energy Commission yesterday launched a $2million pilot rebate scheme aimed at assisting consumers to trade-off their worn-out refrigerators for new energy efficient ones.

Ghana is the first country in Sub-Sahara Africa to introduce such an initiative.

Under the scheme, the Commission would assist consumers who tender their old refrigerators at designated shops with GH¢200 to purchase new refrigerators.

The new scheme formed part of the Energy Commission's three year project titled "Promoting of appliance energy efficiency and transformation of the refrigerating appliance market in Ghana".

Among the objectives of the three-year project the public would be encouraged to exchange their old refrigerators for new ones.

The Commission estimates that over 94 percent of the two million refrigerators which are currently in the system were old and energy inefficient and needed to be replaced with new ones.

The project is been funded by the Government of Ghana, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Multi-Lateral Fund of Canada had provided $2million for the project.

The Minister of Energy, Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei, in a speech read on his behalf said the rebate scheme formed part of a national programme aimed at transforming the refrigerator appliance market from "one of inefficient high energy consumption appliances to a market where high energy efficiency will be the norm".

He said the new scheme marked an important milestone in the drive to ensure that the Ghanaian economy became one of the most energy efficient economies in the world.

Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei said government, in addition to the monies provided by the development partners would provide GH¢1 million annually in the next three years to support the programme.

The Minister disclosed that a scrap yard would be established to dismantle refrigerators which would be turned in as part of the rebate scheme.

He commened the UNDP, GEF and the Multlateral Fund of Canada for sponsoring the project.

The Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Dr. Alfred K. Ofosu Ahenkorah, in his remark said the rebate scheme formed part of an intergrated approach to promote the use of energy efficient appliances to conserve energy.

The Executive Secretary said the reabte scheme was not compulsory.

He said the scheme would be operated by Ecobank which would also provide loans to those who cannot afford to top up the new energy effiicient refrigerators after the discount is applied.

Dr. Ahenkorah said aside the high cost of using old fridges due to the high electricity consumption, the old fridges released gases which affected the environment.

The UNDP Country Director, Kamil Kamaludden, said the objective of the rebate scheme is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for all Initiative.

The objectives of the initiative, he mentioned were also to ensure universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.



Source: The Ghanaian Times
Date: Thursday, 20th September, 2012


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