Philip Acquah is a co-founder of Pheebe’s Consult Limited and serves as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Philip is a Chemical and Environmental Engineer and leading expert in Environment and Climate Change; Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) specializing in industrial energy efficiency(IEE); biomass-based renewable energy (RE) with a specific focus on biogas generation, capture, and use, and water conservation and recycle; waste resources management emphasizing zero-waste approach to environmental management; and CIP/CIL elution process energy efficiency and gold recovery optimization in mining and mineral processing.
Philip contributed to UNIDO CDM capacity building project involving six African countries, namely Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, which involved data collection and identification of potential energy efficiency improvements in the national steel and aluminum industries, and quantification of potential greenhouse emissions reduction opportunities for the development of private sector CDM project. The project involved energy profiling of all the steel plants in Ghana, the identification of energy optimization projects that also contributed to GHG emissions reduction (e.g. the specific energy consumption per tonne of scarp in Electric Arc Furnaces (EAF) employed in scrap melting processes and specific fuel consumption in ingot preheating and rolling processes).
As a national consultant for UNIDO-Ghana Cleaner Production program, Philip coordinated the national ARSCP Cleaner Production conference that led to the adoption of the institutional arrangement of the Ghana National Cleaner Production Center and development of Ghana’s NCPC project document for subsequent establishment of the Center. he also consults for other United Nations organizations (UNDP, UNFCCC, UNEP, and UN-Habitat, UNECA, IFAD).
Philip Acquah has worked on greenhouse gas emissions reduction and Climate Change policy since 1995. He contributed to the preparation of Ghana’s Initial national communication; the formulation of Ghana’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP), programs and projects, Ghana’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) in industry and waste sectors towards the ratification of Paris Agreement.
Philip is a Member of International Roster of Experts for GHG inventory and national communications review of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process since 2000 (almost two decades). Have participated in the review of national communications, and national GHG inventories of Annex 1 and Non-Annex Parties to the UNFCCC. The GHG inventory reviews exposed him to the EU-ETS (EU -Emissions Trading Scheme) in energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction in industry.
As Projects Development and Process Optimization engineer in the Aluminum industries (Volts aluminum Company Ltd -VALCO, and Aluworks Ltd), Philip Acquah developed and coordinated the implementation of Cleaner production projects in energy efficiency technology transfer for molten aluminum from VALCO to Aluworks that eliminated solid ingot melting for horizontal aluminum strip casting and achieved significant reduction in energy consumption in aluminum melting furnaces by over 50% from 200 liter/tonne to less than 100 liters per tonne).
He is the Electronic Descaler and scale control technology promoter, transfer, and market penetration Consultant for Africa; had industrial attachment with Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc, USA, the technology original manufacturer (OEM) in 2009/2010 responsible for the technology promotion, installation, and monitoring in USA, China, and India. Philip has been instrumental in the uptake of the technology in industry and has implemented the technology in major industries in the US, China, India, Ghana and Nigeria. Philip has previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ghana as Director for Mining & Industry Department after a 12-year experience in industrial plant operation; projects and development; and process control and optimization in metal and hydrometallurgical industries.
He also specializes in Integrated bio-waste treatment plant (IBWT) plants (Biogas Plants). He coordinated the design, built and maintenance of Ashesi University anaerobic digestion biogas plant for sustainable sewage treatment, generation of biogas (renewable energy) for cooking and integration of auxiliary systems for the tertiary treatment of the plant wastewater for reuse for landscaping and greening of the Ashesi University campus as sustainable nutrient recovery and water conservation. The system has avoided septic emptying in the University and off-site disposal of untreated effluent associated with traditional septic tanks.
Philip Acquah has a Master’s degree in Cleaner Production from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Victoria, Australia in 2001. Subsequently, Philip was elected an Executive Member of The African RoundTable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP), Co-chaired Strategies Committee at SCP meeting, Costa Rica, 2005 and participated in the development of the Africa 10 Year Framework of programs under UNEP SCP program.
During the master of engineering program, his research focused on Cleaner production and energy efficiency, energy generation technologies, namely combined heat and power (CHP) and Combined Cycles in Thermal Power generation; and effective on-line descaling and scale control of calcium and magnesium mineral and mitigation of fouling impact on heat exchange unit operations leading to optimization of industrial steam boilers and HVACs in general in industrial processes. Philip has promoted, disseminated, developed and implemented industry energy efficiency optimization in plant auxiliary equipments, namely steam boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, condensers, and compressors which has significant reduction in operation and maintenance (O&M) cost.
Philip Acquah is married to Justice Barbara Ward Acquah, Justice of the Superior Courts of Ghana with 3 children.
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