Mauritius launches National Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign
Mauritian Energy and Public Utilities Minister Rashid Beebeejaun noted that energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same service. (Image: UNDP)
Mauritius launched a National Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign on Wednesday, aimed at promoting the efficient use of energy in the island.
The campaign, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities and the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO), is made up of several activities and talks for the benefit of the public in general as well as for all sectors of the economy.
During the launch ceremony, an agreement between the EEMO and importers/dealers with respect to the Voluntary Scheme on Energy Efficiency Labelling of Electrical Appliances was also signed.
J Kalachand & Co. Ltd and TheBrandHouse Ltd are the first two importers/dealers of Electrical Appliances to confirm their participation in the Voluntary Scheme.
Mauritian Energy and Public Utilities Minister Rashid Beebeejaun noted that energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same service.
Addressing students before launching the campaign in the Mauritian capital, Beebeejaun stated that awareness must start with school children. He appealed to them to be aware of the growing needs of the country and to fill the gap wherever these needs are felt.
The Minister said that it is important to be conscious to use energy efficiently and expressed confidence that Mauritius will be a more eco-friendly island in the future.
Referring to energy demand, Beebeejaun said that it goes up to 2 to 4% each year, adding that by 2020 to 2025, he was confident that energy growth would reduce by 10%.
For his part, Khalil Elahee, chairman of the EEMO, said that energy efficiency is the world’s most important “fuel”.
He asked the population to be energy intelligent and not to waste energy, pointing out that the national campaign will be an ongoing one and that sensitisation will also be at the grassroot level where officers will go to community centres and houses to sensitise people about energy efficiency and give them the tools to do it.
With sugar having been one of the mainstays of the island economy, Mauritius produces most of its energy requirements from fossil fuel and bagasse, a by-product of sugar cane. Besides, in the land of sand-and-sun, renewable energy from solar and photovoltaic panels is high on the government’s agenda.