Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

MOP32 Side Event: Environmentally Harmful Dumping- Latest Analysis and Tools to Stop Dumping

November 23, 2020

In partnership with the Government of Ghana and CLASP, IGSD presented the latest analysis of the dumping of new and used refrigeration and AC appliances in Africa that use obsolete ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerants and waste precious money needed for health, education, and welfare.

Key takeaways included:

  • Environmental dumping can be stopped;
  • Dumping damages the receiving country while generating profits for the exporters;
  • Stopping environmental dumping has immediate economic development benefits;
  • The Kigali Amendment is an opportunity to prevent environmental dumping of high GWP and energy-inefficient appliances;
  • 11 IGSD tools to put governments and citizens on the path to stop environmental dumping; and
  • Each country can choose tools – including related interventions such as demands for exporting country and exporter actions –  that stop environmental dumping while harnessing maximum sustainable development benefits.

As we better understand the environmental dumping of inefficient cooling equipment occurring in Africa (see the CLASP/IGSD report), this side event highlighted how Ghana is applying the toolkit (described here) for preventing dumping.


  • Kofi Agyarko, Director, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, & Climate Change (REEECC), Ghana Energy Commission
  • Tad Ferris, Senior Counsel, IGSD
  • Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus, Senior Scientist, IGSD
  • Rebecca Schloeman, Senior Associate, Climate, CLASP
  • Ana Maria Carreño, Senior Manager, Climate, CLASP

Side event slide deck is available here.

Side event recording is available here.