The Ghana Energy Commission has ordered that the importation of second-hand refrigerators to the country be banned in a bid to cut down on energy consumption and reduce its harm to the environment.
Confirming the ban, the head of the energy commission told reporters in Accra on Monday that the ban has singled out Ghana as a pioneer in the region as far as energy control is concerned.
According to him the country is awash with old fridges containing chemicals known as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) believed to leave a damaging effect on the Earth’s ozone layer.
Prior to the commission’s ban which was first introduced in 2008, the chemicals were being phased out in Ghana and around Africa where are in common use.
The ban was relaxed to allow dealers in such fridges to adjust to the new changes.
Meanwhile, the ban has left Ghanaian traders disenchanted, saying it would leave thousands jobless.
Source African Press Agency
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