IGSD

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Webinar: Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa


June 11, 2020

In advance of World Refrigeration Day, upcoming CLASP and IGSD report identifies four major sources of environmental dumping of room ACs in ten African countries. It further provides recommendations for policymakers looking to halt environmental dumping and set in motion a transition to highly-efficient, low-global warming potential room ACs.

The report, Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa, will be published on 24 June 2020.

Webinar

Join us live on Wednesday, 1 July at 10:00 EDT where the authors of Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa will present their findings.

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Background

The demand for air conditioners that provide thermal comfort is steadily growing across the African continent as consumers seek to improve their quality of life in the face of urbanization and rising global temperatures. Since 2016, Africa’s market for new split room air conditioners has grown by approximately 5%, annually.

As manufacturing and industrialized economies place increasingly stringent standards on room ACs sold domestically, while allowing continued export of technology that cannot legally be sold in the country of export as a consequence of failure to meet environmental, safety, energy efficiency, or other product standards, importing countries risk becoming dumping grounds for inefficient, environmentally harmful products using obsolete refrigerants. Weak or non-existent energy performance standards and the lack of proactive anti-environmental dumping policies in many African countries have facilitated environmentally harmful dumping of inefficient, high-global warming potential cooling products into African markets.

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