GIS - September 21, 2012:The Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO), which operates under the aegis of the ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, is organising from 24 to 30 September 2012 a National Energy Efficiency Awareness Week with a view to fostering greater awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of improved energy efficiency in Mauritius.
The objective is to highlight the potential of Energy efficiency in the domestic, industrial, building, transport and services sectors in view of sensitizing stakeholders and creating a synergy around the management of energy. The motto of the Week will be More with Less Energy. Improving energy efficiency in homes, transport, businesses, and industries eliminates wasteful uses of energy and yields significant and sustained economic and environmental benefits.
The role of the EEMO during the Week is to promote, coordinate, communicate and facilitate activities decided upon, proposed and implemented by stakeholders in their respective fields according to their specific priorities. A participative bottom-up approach will be adopted in a bid to drive the population to understand that energy efficiency is the responsibility of one and all and that a culture for an effective energy management needs to be adopted at all levels.
Several stakeholders including public bodies, parastatal organisations, private sector, civil society as well as local authorities, media and educational institutions will participate. The week will kick off on 24 September with an Open Forum on Energy Efficiency and the launch of a sensitisation and education process geared towards introducing Energy efficiency labels/standards/certificates locally. A demonstration on testing energy-efficient vehicles is also on the agenda.
The programme will comprise TV clips and spots; awareness items in the media and radio quiz; poster and painting competitions on the theme ‘Save Energy’ targeting children and youth; conferences for both public and private stakeholders and several targeted campaigns related to Energy efficiency in different fields, in collaboration with various partners. Students and the personnel of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Mauritius will take a pledge to use energy efficiently. A poster competition ‘Energy Efficiency on the Campus’ will be open to new students of the Faculty of Engineering.
Other activities include: awareness campaign on how to save fuel while driving, conference on energy efficiency in the industry and sensitisation of consumers on energy-efficient goods.
The EEMO which was launched on 1 December 2011 has defined its Vision, Mission and has elaborated an Action Plan for 2012-2015. With the support of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of India, a road-map on Energy Efficiency towards 2030 is under preparation in consultation with key stakeholders. In addition to its website (http://eemo.gov.mu), the EEMO has initiated an Observatoire de l’Energie which is operational since June 2012.