green cooling initiative: Best practice example

Domestic refrigeration Project: Refrigerator Energy Efficiency Project

The project “Promoting of Appliance Energy Efficiency and Transformation of the Refrigerating Appliances Market in Ghana” aims at improving the energy efficiency of cooling appliances marketed and used in Ghana. It is funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Green Energy Fund (GEF) and carried out by the Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency.

The project introduces a combination of regulatory tools such as Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Information Labels (S&L), as well as economic tools. Moreover, a Rebate Program encouraging households to replace old but functioning refrigerators with new and efficient ones has been introduced. The Ghanaian Energy Commission offers rebates of up to GH₵ 300 upon the purchase of new, Energy Efficient Labeled refrigerators.

The Rebate Program was inaugurated on a pilot basis in 2012 for Accra and Tema, and was scaled up to cover all other regions by the end of 2013. The government of Ghana is providing GH₵ 1million per year for the Rebate Program, and the program will terminate once the funds are exhausted.

 

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