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Fridges in Ghana not up to Standard - Energy Minister

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The Minister for Energy Hon. Joe Oteng-Adjei has said that, there are two million (2,000,000) inefficient refrigerating appliances been used throughout the country.

According to him, a study conducted by the Institute of Industrial Research, of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in the year 2006, revealed that, rrefrigerating appliances in Ghana consumed on the average 1,200kWh per unit per annum, an amount that is three times the world average of 500kWh per unit per annum.

"The economic cost of the inefficient refrigerators in operation is not quite enormous in monetary terms but are environmentally unfriendly" he said.

Government through the Energy Commission has commenced a pilot project dubbed: "Promoting Energy Efficient Appliance and Transformation of Refrigerating Appliance Market in Ghana" to improve the energy efficiency of appliance.

The project will provide funds to finance the rebates for the purchase of 50,000 new energy efficient refrigerators, after the old operational appliances have been surrendered at participating retail shops.

The project has established an energy labelling system, setting and implementing a Minimum Energy Performance Standard and pushing efficiency levels beyond the mandatory standard through a consumer rebate, turn-in incentive programme.

Professor Thomas Akabzaa, Chief Director at the Miinistry of Energy who launched the project in Accra on Wednesday on behalf of the Minister of Energy Hon. Joe Oteng-Adjei, said government had allocated GH¢3million for three years to be disbursed in trenches of GH¢1million per year to run the rebate scheme.

He announced that a refrigerator test facility would be installed by 2013 at the Ghana Standards Authority Laboratories to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements.

He said customers could turn-in their old refrigerator appliances at Somovision and Appliance Master retail shops for the rebate exercise while a participating bank was also there to provide consumer loans to assist customers who could still not afford to top up to buy the brand new energy efficient refrigerators.

He commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environmental Facility for supporting the implementation of the project with an amount of 2million dollars over the period of three years.

Mr. Eric Antwi-Agyei, Coordinator for the project, said the project would strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, develop monitoring and enforcement mechanisms and provide training to appliance professionals.

He said domestic refrigeration appliances would be the first end-use devices to be tackled, with a specific focus to address ozone depleting substances contained in the current stock of equipment.  He noted that the pilot phase, which has started in Accra and Tema this month is expected to end on 31st December, this year.

"The project has been designed to erase some of the most significant barriers above and allow a faster transformation process for the market for refrigeration appliances in Ghana," he added.  Mr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, UNDP Country Director, called for the creation and sustainability of partnership for effective implementation of the project.

He said: "If all these and other actors will be able to join and sustain their efforts in an effective and transparent partnership, the rebate scheme will benefit the entire nation.  He commended the Energy Commission in its lead in the implementation of the project for an energy efficient appliance market in the country.


Source: The New Ghanaian Voice
Date: Monday, 24th September, 2012


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