Mauritius on Wednesday launched a National Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign, aimed at promoting the efficient use of energy in the island, PANA reported from here.
The campaign is made up of several activities and talks for the benefit of the public in general as well as for all sectors of the economy.
Talking to students before launching the campaign in the Mauritian capital, Mauritian Energy and Public Utilities Minister Rashid Beebeejaun, recalled that energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same service.
“Awareness must start with school children,” he said and appealed to them to be aware of the growing needs of the country and to fill the gap wherever these needs are felt.
The Minister said that it is important to be conscious to use energy efficiently and expressed confidence that Mauritius will be a more eco-friendly island in the future.
Referring to energy demand, Beebeejaun said it goes up to 2 to 4 percent each year, adding that energy growth will be reduced by 10 per cent by 2025.
Also speaking, Khalil Elahee, chairman of the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO), said that energy efficiency is the world’s most important “fuel”.
He asked the population to be energy intelligent and not to waste energy, pointing out that the national campaign will be an ongoing one and that sensitisation will also be at the grassroot level where officers will go to community centres and houses to sensitise people about energy efficiency and give them the tools to do it.
Mauritius produces most of its energy requirements from fossil fuel and bagasse, a by-product of sugar cane. Renewable energy from solar and photovoltaic panels is high on the government’s agenda.