GIS – 30 January, 2020: A National Awareness Campaign on Renewable Energy, with a view of increasing women involvement in the energy sector, was launched, this morning, at Plaza, Rose-Hill, by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo.
The Minister of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Mrs Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms Amanda Serumaga, and other personalities were also present.
In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Collendavelloo highlighted that, as at date in Mauritius, a change in mentality is required to make a shift from the use of fossil fuel to that of green energy adding that the National Awareness Campaign on Renewable Energy will play a key role in this endeavour. According to him, women are ideally placed to achieve this transition. He thus urged the CEB and MAURENA to design and implement some training programmes for women on solar energy and PV Solar Panels.
He also reaffirmed Government’s commitment to continue the promotion solar energy and dwelt on several projects implemented so far. Among them, the Home Solar Project, which, he outlined, is a sustainable project aimed at helping socially vulnerable households, as well as increasing the share of Renewable Energy Production in Mauritius.
The National Campaign, organised at the initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, in collaboration with MARENA and CEB (Green Energy) Co Ltd, aims at increasing the number of women involved in the energy sector which has traditionally been male driven. Raising awareness on renewable energy, engaging women on the subject and providing technical training to women will contribute to pave the way for increased female participation in this field.
The Campaign will also include the training of women on technical aspects of Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels. MARENA, with the support of the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, the Central Electricity Board (CEB), CEB (Green Energy) Co Ltd and the UNDP, will facilitate similar sessions in Social Welfare Centres across Mauritius. The target is to reach at least 1 000 women in the year 2020.
On that occasion, a Creole version of a booklet on Solar Energy, designed by the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA), was also launched. Furthermore, for a greater outreach, a more elaborate English version of the booklet on Solar Energy has also been developed under the leadership of the CEB and will be used in secondary schools.
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