The Government of Ghana was already an energy efficiency leader in Africa in the 2000s. In 2007, the country implemented a programme to replace 6 million incandescent lamps with CFLs, which resulted in peak savings of 124MW and CO2 savings of 112,320 tonnes per annum.
Since then, Ghana has intensified the implementation of appliance energy performance standards and labelling. Minimum performance standards were set for refrigerators, non-ducted air-conditioners and CFLs. Import duty and VAT were waived on the importation of CFLs in 2002 and on light emitting diode (LED) lamps in 2010. However, at the time of the project there were currently no energy standards or labelling for LED lighting in Ghana.
Prior to this project, REEEP supported the development of technical standards for LED lighting in China and the spread of off-grid LED solutions with Lighting Africa.
To develop, introduce and enforce energy performance standards and labelling to ensure high quality LED lamps in Ghana.