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The potential of energy efficiency measures in micro and small scale businesses in Kumasi-Ghana
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technology and Management.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In industry, energy efficiency reduces operating cost and emissions to the environment whiles enhancing energy security. In order to ensure the sustainability of micro and small scale businesses in a developing country such as Ghana, measures that can ensure energy efficiency are therefore essential for these businesses to have a productive and economical operation that will ensure their sustainability.

In this study, the potential of energy efficiency measures for micro and small scale businesses have been examined by performing industrial energy systems analysis on some selected micro and small scale businesses in Kumasi-Ghana through a practical study and administering of questionnaire about their energy consumption. Legislative instruments that are linked with energy use in Ghana were looked into. Some possible energy efficiency measures that could be adopted by these businesses have been analyzed.

In this study it is established that energy supply to these businesses is not reliable and it is continuously becoming expensive. In addition, other findings were that value could be added to the processes of these businesses if they incorporate energy efficiency measures in their operations. The main driving force that will encourage these businesses to incorporate energy efficiency measures in their operation is the energy prices increase; therefore, their interest is the measures that could reduce their energy cost rather than the positive impacts that will come to the environment. In doing this renewable energy has the greatest potential in ensuring energy efficiency to these businesses. Finally, it is established that there are no specific legislations on energy use that will bring negative effects to these businesses and this could create enabling environment for private investors of energy efficiency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Energy efficiency measures, small scale businesses, Kumasi-Ghana
National Category
Energy Engineering Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69204ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-A—11/01110--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-69204DiVA: diva2:424531
Subject / course
Environmental Technology and Management
Presentation
2011-06-13, A 36, Linkoping University, A Building, Linkoping, 08:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-06-20 Created: 2011-06-18 Last updated: 2011-06-20Bibliographically approved

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