By Cecil Mensah
The Energy Commission in collaboration with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Ghana Association of Importers and Sellers of Used Refrigerators (GAISUR), is to set up a state of -the- art refrigeration assembling plant to produce over eight hundred units of branded and energy efficient refrigerators by the third quarter of 2015.
Speaking at the launch of Prolux and Esnada energy efficient brand of refrigerators at the premise of Energy Commission in Accra, Mr Luke Dickson, the General Manager of Prolux Home Appliances Ghana Limited said, in July 2013, a total ban on the importation and sale of used refrigerators and freezers was enforced by the Government through the relevant agencies like the Energy Commission and Environmental Protection Agency to enforce the ban.
He said, in view of this, a Ghanaian company with experience in the refrigeration industry signed a formal agreement with GAISUR to make new freezers available to the membership to ensure the sustanability and continuity of business after the ban on importation of used freezers.
He said, the initiative was to make sure that goods sold to the members are of good quality and meet the minimum energy efficiency standards
and labeling requirements as stipulated in the Legislative Instrument L.I 1958.
On his part, Dr Alfred Ahenkorah, Executive Secretary of Energy Commission said the refrigerators being outdoored are three star energy efficient branded appliances in line with the law.
He urged the members to take advantage of the rebate scheme being offered the commission to enhance their business.
He called on them to say no to fridge importation and say yes to fridge assembling in Ghana.
Unveiling the energy efficient refrigerators, Madam Sherry Ayeetey, the Minister for Fisheries and Aqua-Culture said the ban on the importation of the used refrigerators was based on certain indisputable facts such that majority of the refrigerating appliances were old and used ones discarded in the country of origin before they found their way into Ghana.
She added that used refrigerators that were coming into the country were not designed or built for use in the tropics but for the temperate climate and therefore is unsuitable for use in the tropics.
On his part, the Chairman of GAISUR, Mr George Asumadu said, they were hoping to christen the association Refrigerators Cooperative Association of Ghana (REFCAG), if their dream of achieving the establishment of the refrigerator assembling plant comes on board by 2015.