GIS - 06 May, 2016:
The winners of three competitions focused on Energy Efficiency launched by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO) and the United Nations Development Programme in January 2016 were rewarded during a prize giving ceremony held yesterday at Flying Dodo in Bagatelle.
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: Live Painting competition for Standard V students of primary schools; Junior Energy Auditing competition for Lower/Upper VI college students; and Website Design competition for tertiary students. A shield, certificate and cash prize were awarded to the winners in the three categories.
For the live painting competition, the first prize was awarded to a student from the Rajcoomar Gujadhur Government School. The team from France Boyer de la Giroday SSS won the first prize in the Junior Energy Auditing Competition while the team from University of Mauritius bagged the first prize for the Website Design competition. A cash prize of Rs 15 000 went to the winner of the live painting competition, while the winning teams for the Junior Auditing exercise and Website Design competitions were awarded Rs 50 000. The second and third prize winners received cash prizes as well.
The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo who was present at the ceremony, said that people need to change their mindset about adopting energy efficient measures especially the youth. He pointed out that the government is providing incentives that would encourage people to engage in clean energy and energy efficient practices. According to him, the Central Electricity Board and the Central Water Authority produce enough electricity and water respectively but half of these resources are wasted. Hence the need, he said, to adopt a healthy policy as regards wastage.
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.
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