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Stakeholders to validate energy efficient lighting standards scheme

DSC_1752Key stakeholders in Seychelles’ energy sector and climate change, including other relevant sectors, met yesterday to validate the Seychelles Energy Efficient (EE) Lighting Strategy.

The workshop was held at the Savoy Hotel conference room.

This EE Lighting Strategy for Seychelles is a US $1.77 million project being developed by the Seychelles Energy Commission (Sec) with the support of the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project (RE Project).

This four-year project is aimed at increasing market penetration of energy-efficient technologies, products and services in Seychelles.

The strategy intends to map the way to transform and prepare the market for a swift transition from energy inefficient lighting and environmentally harmful lighting technologies towards more energy efficient lighting and environmentally less impactful ones, more particularly light-emitting diode (LEDs).

This strategy also covers the promotional, communication and outreach plan for switching to EE lighting that are targeted towards different segments of the population.

In his opening remarks, Sec chief executive Tony Imaduwa said: “We wish to establish an efficiency lighting framework here in Seychelles, as we have electrical appliances that come in the country which are not really efficient and as a first step we would like to start with our lighting system. It’s one of the easiest amongst the electrical appliances to implement.”

The presentations were led by one of the consultants working on the framework, My Ton.  He explained the savings potential of this strategy, the feasibility based on the programme costs, and estimated energy and emissions’ savings.

He also gave details on the programme’s implementation process, the various supporting activities, lighting product testing and approaches as well as communication plan for switching to EE lighting.

For this programme to be successful, Mr Ton said: “What I’ve put together takes similar designs around the world but Seychelles has to design a programme that works for Seychelles and all Seychellois. So remember that you do have 3,000 tons of carbon at stake here. If you put all this in place, there is money to be saved, carbon to be saved and everybody gets a better life.”

During the workshop there was also a presentation on a demo-project in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority.

Source : Seychelles NATION

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