Performance standards and labelling for LED lighting in Ghana

Background

The Government of Ghana is already an energy efficiency leader in Africa.  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 have been 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, there are currently no energy standards or labelling for LED lighting in Ghana.

REEEP has previously supported the development of technical standards for LED lighting in China and the spread of off-grid LED solutions with Lighting Africa.

Purpose

To develop, introduce and enforce energy performance standards and labelling to ensure high quality LED lamps in Ghana

Main Activities

  • Compile all relevant data on existing technical performance standards and labelling schemes  
  • Review LED standards developed in China and by Lighting Africa with support from REEEP
  • Develop appropriate technical performance standards and labels for LEDs for Ghana
  • Review of the draft performance standards and labelling with stakeholders and incorporate their input into the proposal
  • Transform technical performance standards into draft regulations
  • Solicit stakeholder input on draft regulations, make appropriate revisions, and pass regulations into legislation

Expected Impact

  • Performance standards and labelling on LED lighting adopted as law in Ghana
  • Long-term reduction in energy consumed for lighting
  • Increased consumer confidence in energy efficient lamps, and Ghana does not become a dumping ground for substandard LED products
  • Increased renewable energy uptake thanks to availability of high quality, energy-efficient LEDs which make renewable energy sources feasible
Programme sector: 

Energy Efficiency (EE) (Policy&Regulation)

Stage of project: 

Completed

Location: 

GH/Ghana

Duration: 

2012 - 2013

Budget: 

€98,500

Implementing agency: 

Ghana Standards Authority

REEEP grant funded by:

United Kingdom

Norway