UNDP-GEF Project Coordinator takes part in Energy Efficiency (EE) Global Conference
From 20th to 21st May 2013, Mr. Eric Kumi Antwi-Agyei, Project Coordinator of the UNDP Refrigerators Energy Efficiency Project in Ghana funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), attended the 6th Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington DC. The conference, which is organized annually by the Alliance to Save Energy, is one of its foremost events and attracts leaders and major actors in the Energy Efficiency sector around the globe. More than 550 people from 29 countries gathered for two fruitful days of dialogue, networking and partnership building
According to Mr. Antwi-Agyei, the conference served as a good platform to share Ghana’s main achievements in the energy efficiency sector to a global audience. He participated as a “thought leader” in a panel that sought to answer the question: “How do you make emerging markets in the developing world a profitable option for companies, big and small?” In sharing the experience of the Refrigerator Energy Efficiency Project, he highlighted the benefits of standards and labeling in encouraging investment in developing countries and underlined this fact with examples from Ghana where standards and labeling for residential lights, air-conditioners and refrigerators have been successfully used. The fact that Ghana was able to successfully replace 6 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs was touted as a major push for the establishment of two CFL manufacturing plants by the private sector. The newly launched refrigerator market transformation project was therefore a continuation of past efforts in promoting the right policies and standards to stimulate energy efficiency and subsequently foster investment in the industry. He also underscored the critical role of public institutions such as the Energy Commission and organizations such as GEF and UNDP in the promotion of energy efficiency in the country.
In addition, the conference provided a good opportunity to consolidate a solid network and meet key people in the energy efficiency domain. Mr. Antwi-Agyei was able to brief various participants on the refrigerator energy efficiency project and exchange views and experiences with them. He was also pleased to meet the CEO of GEF, Ms. Naoko Ishii and was able to brief her on the Refrigerator Project in Ghana.
The event was a great opportunity to realize that Ghana is not trumpeting enough its main successes in the Energy Efficiency to the global community. More efforts must be focused on attracting attention of foreign media and attendance of similar international conferences should be emphasized.