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Opening of Inception Workshop on Energy Audit management

Date: July 07, 2015
Domain:Public Utilities
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 7 July 2015: A one-day inception workshop for Consultancy Services to assist the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) in Energy Audit Management opened this morning at La Cannelle in Domaine Les Pailles. Around 60 participants from the public and private sectors are attending.
The workshop is a joint initiative of the ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, EEMO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr J. Chabchoub, Team Leader from the firm Econoler, is the resource person.
Econoler is the successful bidder which will provide the required Consultancy services for both Lot 1 and Lot 2 of the project “Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation in Buildings and in Industry”. Econoler has relevant experience working in the Energy Efficiency sector for international organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP, and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean State.
During the workshop, Mr J. Chabchoub will introduce the participants to the project and the firm Econoler. He will elaborate on the SIDS-Dock project’s framework and indicators and discuss the methodology for the study. He will further shed light on the approach Econoler will adopt concerning the customisation of the Energy Audit Software Tool (MBEAT).  The consultant will also explain on the approach to conducting Energy Audits and to ensuring compatibility of the Energy Audit Management Scheme (EAMS) adopted by EEMO with the outcomes of the study. The participants will also have the opportunity to provide their comments and suggestions regarding the various aspects of the inception report.
In his address, Mr Chabchoub dwelt on the three objectives of the workshop namely to present the methodology of the project and how to execute it; to identify stakeholders’ needs and help them implement the EAMS; to discuss the main components of the project. As regards energy audits, he said that Econoler will provide training, examination and certification of auditors. Under the project, it is expected that at least 12 energy audits will be developed and 60 auditors will be trained.
The project
The project “Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation in Buildings and in Industry” was signed in 2011 and is funded to the tune of USD one million by the Government of Denmark under the SIDS-Dock mechanism. The Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities is the implementing agent.
Under the project, the EEMO is called upon to stimulate energy saving services and technology in the building sector and undertake capacity building of the staff so that the EEMO has all tools and procedures in place to deliver its obligations.
These include the improvement of Energy Audit Management; upgrading and customising the existing MBEAT for energy auditing purposes; developing a macro-based Excel software for energy auditing purposes; undertaking the capacity building, assessment, and certification of a batch of local Energy Auditors for the Energy Audit Management Scheme; undertaking the energy audit of 10 non-residential buildings (>500 m2); and undertaking capacity building of the future custodians and managers of the Energy Audit Management.
Two components of the project
The project comprises two components. The EEMO is the main beneficiary under Lot 1 and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport is the main beneficiary under Lot 2 of the assignment.
Lot 1 of the technical specifications consists of Consultancy services to assist the EEMO in Energy Audit Management. The scope of services includes all activities that the EEMO is responsible to implement under the SIDS-Dock project.
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, for its part, is responsible for the development of codes and regulations for energy savings in buildings and stimulating energy saving services and technology in the building sector.  These include the development of an Energy Efficiency Building Code Compliance Scheme (EEBCCS), software development, training, examination and certification of energy compliance assessors for the EEBCCS and organisation of workshops for dissemination of information to the construction industry and the public in general.

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