Last Updated: 2012-09-20
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ACCRA, Sept 20 (NNN-GNA) -- The Ghanaian government, through the Energy Commission, has launched a pilot project to promote the use of energy-efficient appliance, including the transformation of the refrigerating appliance market in the country.

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

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

Professor Thomas Akabzaa, the Chief Director at the Ministry of Energy, who launched the project in Accra on Wednesday, said the government had allocated 3.0 million cedis (abou 362,000 USD) t for three years to be disbursed in trenches of GH¢1 million per year to run the rebate scheme.

He said a study conducted in 2006 revealed that refrigerating appliances in Ghana consumed on the average 1,200 kilowatts hour per unit per annum.

“It is estimated that there are about two million inefficient refrigerating appliances in use throughout the country and the economic cost of the inefficient refrigerators in operation is not only quite enormous in monetary terms but also environmentally unfriendly,” he noted.

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.

Customers can turn in their old refrigerators for the rebate exercise while a participating bank will provide consumer loans to assist customers to buy the 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 2.0 million USD over the three years.