Projects / PROMO FRIGO

In the framework of rational utilization of energy, ANME has launched in 2012 and in cooperation with MEDREC, IMELS, STEG, The National Agency of Environment Protection (ANPE), Training, Management, Advice (FMC), and the National Waste Management Agency (ANGED), the TSP #21 which aims to replace 400.000 refrigerators of class 1 and 2 during a period of 5 years progressively.

A study was developed as part of the program initiated following the Cooperation Agreement signed in Tunis on 24 June 2010 between the IMELS and the ANME with the support of MEDREC, to establish a funding mechanism with an initial goal to replace 400,000 refrigerators more than 10 years old, from 2012 until 2016, to urge citizens replacing their old refrigerators with new ones, more energetically efficient, class 1 and 2 through the incentive of the Tunisian government. The mechanism to establish is based on three main components:

  • The discount granted by producers in relation to the "volume" of sales generated by the program effect.
  • The state subsidy under the policy of energy conservation
  • The consumer credit in favour of the program's clients to spread the cost of appliance over several periods.

The results of the first phase of the study showed that the initial target could be achieved without financial incentives, and considering these preliminary results, ANME recommended to guide the program more towards energy savings and to find an effective way to encourage consumers invest in eco-energy, and therefore suggests a reconfiguration of the project in agreement with all stakeholders.

This project will have an impact through the significant improvement of the energetic efficiency of the park in use by the anticipation of renewing and the increase of buyers to devices of Class 1 and 2, which considerably boosts the supply of efficient appliances by manufacturers

The first step of the study has been achieved and identified that the objective set for the replacement of the refrigerators is inadequate and doesn’t match with the reality of the market. Therefore, a reformulation of the program is needed.

The new version is based on two components:

  • Encouragement of households to replace refrigerators aged of 10 years or more with new ones of class 1 or 2.
  • Encouragement of new households buying for the first time refrigerators to acquire class 1.

The set objectives matching with the reality of the actual demand, known that the refrigerators of 10 years old or more are estimated to be around 800 000 by the end of 2013:

  • Replacement of 600 000 refrigerators of ten years old and from classes superior to 3 with new ones from class 1 and 2 on a period of 5 years.
  • Recuperation and secured recycling of replaced refrigerators.


  • Saving energy (a reduction on energy subsidies designed for the electricity consumption and a reduction on the energy budget for consumers)
  • Environmental protection (avoiding CO2, securing the destruction of the gas HCFC)
  • Development of the industrial sector thereafter the increase of sales generated by the accelerated replacement of used refrigerators.
  • Development of new sectors affecting the national economy starting from recycling.

In order to implement the project PROMO-FRIGO, the following steps should be applied:

  • Engagement of distributors to collect and place in drop-off depots the old refrigerators
  • Contribution of the bank sector through warranty credit by STEG, same procedure used in the program PROSOL II)
    • Definition of “economic” refrigerators’ specifications of class 1 in concentration with fabricants
    • A call of the concurrence for the quality of refrigerators to manufacture yearly with a pre-defined price and choice of the partner program manufacturers.
    • Elaboration of a program contract with partner fabricants
    • Elaboration of a chart with fabricants/distributors for the adhesion to the program précising the engagement of fabricants/distributors
    • Elaboration of a control chart authorizing the services of ANME to proceed to controls within the centers of collection and distributors to verify the conformity between documents and effective depot of old refrigerators.
    • Elaboration of a tripartite convention between ANME, the bank, and the STEG for a warranty credit by the STEG for the financing of a part of the refrigerators costs.

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