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 (RACs) has grown by approximately 5%, annually.
As manufacturing and industrialized economies place increasingly stringent energy performance standards on RACs sold domestically, importing countries risk becoming dumping grounds for inefficient, environmentally harmful products using obsolete refrigerants that no longer have a viable domestic market in manufacturing countries. 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 (GWP) cooling products into African markets.
CLASP and the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) will release “Environmentally Harmful Dumping of Inefficient and Obsolete Air Conditioners in Africa” on 24 June 2020. The report is a wide-ranging review of RAC markets in Africa, the sources of environmental dumping of inefficient, high-GWP products, and the trade and policy factors that create a favorable environment for such practices. The report provides recommendations for policymakers looking to halt environmental dumping and set in motion a transition to highly-efficient, low-GWP RACs.
This webinar will present the findings of the report and provide a forum for speakers to answer questions from the audience.