The Energy Sector in Ghana - The Potential of Standards and Labeling Programs as a Tool for Saving Energy

August 30, 2001 - 12:00pm
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(5th speaker was: Mr. E. K. Dickson, Engineer, Consultant to Ghana Standards Board) Ghana's energy sector has been undergoing major reform and restructuring, which is helping to make the economy more efficient and provide a sound basis for future development.  This year, Ghana will become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to implement a mandatory energy efficiency standards and labeling program for a range of products, starting with room air conditioners.  These standards have the potential to transform the market for home appliances, equipment, and lighting systems and save energy in a country that is struggling to meet the growing demand for electricity. Accompanying labels will further improve the market for energy efficient products.  Saving money and energy through efficiency frees up resources for other development needs without reducing the benefits provided by modern appliances, lighting and equipment.  Ghanaian industry will also benefit in an era of increasing global competition based in part on production costs. The Energy Foundation of Ghana, the Ghana Standards Board, and members of Parliament from the Select Committee on Energy will discuss key issues in developing the S&L program in Ghana and highlight the potential benefits of this policy tool.

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