- 10 November, 2017:
Mauritius is gearing towards accelerating the transformation change to a low-carbon economy with a grant of Rs 1 billion from the Green Climate Fund for projects to support national goals to increase renewable energy to 35 percent by 2025 and reduce carbon dioxide output by 4.3 million tons.
In this context, a two-day inception workshop organised by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) opened yesterday in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo, at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel, Balaclava.
Participants from both the public and private sectors as well as from the UNDP, French Development Agency (AFD), Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA), Central Electricity Board and other energy efficiency institutions are attending the workshop. The aim is to kick-start the implementation of the Project “Accelerating the Transformation Change to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius”, an eight-year project that will help reduce fossil fuel imports and accelerate the nation’s shift to a low-carbon economy over an equipment lifespan of 20 years.
In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised the importance of the low-carbon emission project which he said will eventually help Mauritius attain the target of using renewable energy sources to meet the energy needs by 2020. He further dwelt on the various renewable energy projects upon which his Ministry has embarked namely the solar energy and the wind energy which he said will generate an additional alternative in terms of energy production.
Mr Collendavelloo also announced the introduction of a solar energy scheme for low-income families to alleviate their burden of paying their electricity bill. The scheme will provide electricity from solar energy free of charge to some 10,000 low-income families over a period of ten years.
Accelerating the Transformation Change to a Low-Carbon Economy Project
The project is supported by the UNDP with funds amounting to US$28.2 million grant from the Green Climate Fund, an initial US$ 18.7 million loan from the AFD to the Central Electricity Board, US$123.9 million in grant financing from the Government, and a US$1.4 million contribution from UNDP. The project is a key step in achieving Mauritius’ Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and supporting continued economic growth. It is also part of a broad national strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels so as to enhance energy security and climate change mitigation as well as support a strong economy and continued economic development.
The project’s first phase will strengthen the ability of the energy grid to use electricity generated by intermittent renewables, and support institutional strengthening through the operationalisation of the MARENA.
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