Ghana is taking steps to ensure that wood-fuel cook-stoves manufactured locally meet internationally accepted standards in terms of environmental-friendliness.

pic-s2100Mr. Kwabena Otu-Danquah, Head of Renewable Energy of the Energy Commission, said a regulatory tool for testing of the stoves was being developed with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mr. Otu-Danquah was speaking at the inauguration of a US$150, 000 Cook-stove Testing and Expertise Laboratory at the Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi.

The goal, he said, was to make sure that all cook-stoves available on the market were efficient and had low emission levels.

He stated that a minimum performance and emissions standards and labels would be introduced to improve performance, explaining that, ?When this becomes operational all wood-fuel cook-stove manufacturers will be expected to test their stoves and get them labeled before they are sold on the Ghanaian market?.

The facility was funded by the UNDP with some assistance from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and the Commission.

Its primary function is to carry out efficient emissions levels test and heat contents on cook-stoves produced either locally or imported.

Additionally, it would provide training in innovation, design and prototyping for all users and manufacturers in the West African sub-region.

Mr. Otu-Danquah said the laboratory was going to be accredited by the Ghana Standards Authority to test and issue certificates as part of measures to maintain standards.

Dr. Michael Adjaloo of the TCC-KNUST urged cook-stove manufacturers to take advantage of the facility to test their products.

He praised the Commission and UNDP for the project, saying it would enhance research into clean energy.

GNA

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