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Energy Efficiency Strategy & Action Plan for Public Municipal Buildings in Accra

Energy Efficiency Strategy & Action Plan for Public Municipal Buildings in Accra

State 

completed

Date 

1 April, 2017 to 30 November, 2017

Country 

Ghana

Region 

West Africa

Summary

Since 2012, Ghana has been experiencing the worst energy crisis in the country's history. Outages and load shedding have been frequent because the existing power supply infrastructure is unreliable and cannot cope with increasing energy demand. Current over-reliance on seasonal hydro and supplies of foreign oil and gas leads to high cost of electricity generation, which poses a burden in overall economic performance affecting disproportionately poor households and women. Energy efficiency is seen as one of the main measures to alleviate the energy crisis in Ghana and it has been prioritised in the “Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda”. By 2020, the Government of Ghana aims to save 8,000 GWh at the national level.

Following this logic, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) requested the EUEI PDF to provide technical and financial assistance for the development of an energy efficiency strategy for municipal public buildings in Accra. AMA would like to present this project as good practice to be replicated in other municipal public buildings in Ghana.

Several activities have been  carried out to promote an environment which is conducive for energy efficiency:

  • energy audit reports of two selected municipal buildings;
  • an Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan, integrating a financing scheme to ensure funding for energy efficiency investments as well as concrete quantitative figures on how it contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • implementation of first zero or low-cost energy efficiency measures;
  • sharing results and knowledge with key representatives of the public and private sector, as well as local and international financiers via a workshop and a training;
  • raising awareness on the importance of energy efficiency and enhancing interest of young women for technical careers via a workshop with a selected group of high school girls in the municipality.

A number of key partners have been identified for the intervention. Among these, the Energy Commission with the mandate to promote energy efficiency has shown interest in cooperating to facilitate energy audit trainings. The UNDP through its work on energy efficiency standards as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB) through its previous energy efficiency programme in buildings were also very relevant partners in the context of energy efficiency in Ghana. There was also an opportunity to join forces with Sustainable Energy Africa Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions (SAMSET) funded by DFID and the Global Covenant of Mayors Programme in sub-Saharan Africa which has organised a conference as well as a training course on Strategies for sustainable energy transitions in Urban sub-Saharan Africa in June 2017 in Accra.

In the medium term, these results  will contribute to the fulfilment of Ghana’s NDC commitments on energy efficiency (SDG7 & 13) and increase the climate resilience in Accra (SDG11). Additionally, project activities have contributed towards the broader socio-economic development of Ghana enhancing the economic growth potential (SDG 8) and reducing poverty levels (SDG1), with a specific project component dedicated to foster gender equity in the energy sector (SDG5).