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Program for the replacement of old refrigerators with energy-efficient appliances: PROMO-FRIGO

The domestic refrigeration market is mainly driven by:

  • The renewal market, or acquisition of additional equipment, which represent more than 60% of annual sales.
  • Acquisitions made by new households (around 80,000 marriages are contracted annually), at least 80% buy a refrigerator.

Renewal is therefore the most important consuming trend, while the usual and widespread behaviour of families is to continue to use their devices as long as it works. To a significant extent, many households continue to use refrigerators even when they are in poor condition, resulting in overconsumption of electricity.

Given the global energy context, the urgency of mobilizing all energy-saving fields has become essential. The stock of refrigerating appliances is a "dormant" field which needs to be "attacked" with appropriate measures. These measures should focus on accelerating refrigeration renewal decisions on the part of households, therefore leading to rapid energy savings, and creating competition among manufacturers for the production and the marketing of more performing equipment.

The program intends to make an offer for the replacement of refrigerators older than 10 years of age by equipments with a better energy performance.

The objective of the project is to replace 400,000 equipment during the period 2017-2021, exclusively by Class 1 and 2 devices.

The program will be carried out according to the following schedule:

Year 1 2 3 4 5 Total
Number of refrigerators replaced by Class 1 & 2 appliances (1000) 30 70 100 100 100 400

This program will have a double impact: it will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the fleet in use, by anticipating renewal, and it will direct buyers to Class 1 and 2 appliances, therfore leading manufacturers to promote high-performance devices.

The program proposes the setting of an incentive mechanism called PROMO-FRIGO, to encourage households to anticipate the renewal of their old refrigerators. The mechanism will provide several incentives and measures to accelerate the renewal of the old equipment (more than 10 years old).


The average market price for Class 1 and 2 equipment is currently estimated at 600 DT-TTC. The proposed subsidy is 150 DT per appliance or 25% of the refrigerator's TTC. The remaining cost of the refrigerator for the consumer would then be 450 DT.

Funding mechanism:

The funding mechanism will focus on two main incentives:

  • The buyer will pay nothing for the purchase of the new refrigerator.
  • The delivery of the new refrigerator and the retrieval of the old appliance is free of charge for the household.
  • For the remaining 450 TDs, a 5-year credit system is set up via a financing line or credit institutions with a subsidized rate.

Accompanying measures:

- Implement system and logistics for the recovery and recycling of recovered equipment, with the support of ANGED. Recovery and destruction of the CFC should be included among the components of the recycling operation.

- Set up communication and awareness raising campaigns.

- Implement a program of "accreditation" and control of eligible appliances, as well as as a program of support to the manufacturers to strengthen their offer in class 1 and 2 appliances.

Project partners

General Direction for Quality and Consumer Protection (Ministry of Industry and Trade)

General Direction of Manufacturing (Ministry of Industry and Trade)



The National Agency for Waste Management (ANGED).

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