- 11 August, 2017: The winners of two competitions focused on Energy Efficiency launched by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) in February 2017 were rewarded during a prize giving ceremony held yesterday at Cyber Tower 1, Ebène.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo who was present at the ceremony, underlined that people need to change their mindset about adopting energy efficient measures especially the youth.
Mr Collendavelloo recalled that Mauritius aims to produce about 35% of its electricity needs from renewable sources, supported by several projects that include wind energy plants and photovoltaic farms and Waste-to-Energy projects that are already in operation. He pointed out that Mauritius has attained 22% of self-sufficiency in renewable energy.
He stated that several initiatives and measures are being implemented in a bid to increase energy efficiency. They include: labelling of electrical appliances; replacement of street lighting by LED lamps; saving energy campaign by the Central Water Authority; and energy audits.
The Deputy Prime Minister announced that a pilot project on wave energy will be carried out by Australia in the south of the country. He also said that 10 000 houses from vulnerable groups will soon benefit from free energy production units.
Speaking about the energy efficiency competitions, Mr Collendavelloo highlighted that the aim is to change behaviours on energy use and promote its efficient use. He expressed confidence that the youth will be able to contribute to the required change in the mindset of the population.
For his part, the Chairman of the EEMO, Mr Kendall Tang, congratulated the students who have participated in the competitions. Their participation means that the Mauritian youth is reflecting on pertinent issues and how to address them in our daily lives.
He recalled that energy efficiency means producing more with less energy. Being energy efficient is therefore important as it enables us to lessen emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and protect the environment, he added.
The two competitions
Launched as part of the EEMO’s awareness raising activities, the competitions provided students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of energy efficiency and energy saving, investigate related issues and propose solutions.
The competitions were: Report and Debate competition for Lower and Upper VI students of secondary schools; and Amateur Video Production Competition for the public. A shield, certificate and cash prize were awarded to the winners in the two categories.
For the Report and Debate competition, the first and second prizes were awarded to the Royal College of Curepipe. The team from Loretto Convent of Quatre Bornes won the third prize. As regards the Amateur Video Production competition, Rajeshwar Seetohul and Leenisha Dabeedoyal bagged the first prize. The second prize went to Jean Ashley Chenel and Yashna Roochan while Rajiv Seetohul and Krishnanandsingh Ramdeny won the third prize.
For both competitions, the winner received a cash prize of Rs 50 000 while cash prizes of Rs 30 000 and Rs 15 000 were awarded to winners in the second and third positions respectively.
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