October 10, 2011

Ghana’s Akoben Program Releases Facility Ratings

Filed under: Africa, Strategic Management & Indicators — Tags: — inece @ 7:44 pm

On 6 October, Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency disclosed the environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings of fifty manufacturing and eleven mining companies using a five color performance scale (Gold-excellent, Green-very good, Blue-good, Orange-unsatisfactory and Red-poor). This initiative is called the AKOBEN environmental rating and disclosure program which was officially launched last year. These ratings are annually disclosed to the public and the general media, and it aims to strengthen public awareness and participation.

In moving forward, the Ghana EPA has enlisted fifty new companies in the rating program and further plans to expand the coverage of the AKOBEN program to hotels, hospitals and oil suppliers. It is also developing an environmental rating system for clean cities. Additionally, the Ghana EPA plans to add resource management and climate change aspects to the criteria for GREEN rating. As a result, performance evaluation will also include specific indicators of energy use, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions from energy use and land use changes, water use, water conservation and land management.

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