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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Presentation of the Energy Efficiency Policy proposal to key stakeholders under the GoS- UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project in partnership with Seychelles Energy Commission and MEECC

Victoria, Seychelles – On Thursday, February 4th key stakeholders in Seychelles' energy and climate change sectors has been invited to a workshop to discuss the proposed policy recommendation with regards to Energy Efficiency under the existing Energy policy 2010-2030. The recommendations have been developed under the GOS- UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency project through a review of the existing Energy Policy 2010-2030.

The Seychelles Energy Policy for 2010-2030 (SEP 2010-2030) was adopted as the official Government energy policy in 2010. It recommends a sustainable development of the energy sector emphasising on energy efficiency, renewable energy and reducing the dependence on imported fossil fuel to improve energy security. The policy sets a target of 5% and 15% share of renewable energy in the country's energy base for 2020 and 2030 respectively.

The SEP 2010-2030 also represents the first formal recognition by the Government of Seychelles of the importance of energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy production.

However the current policy, which is 5 years old, needs to be reviewed and updated to include certain components such as:

• Quantification of energy objectives and targets;

Definition of measures to allow the sustained growth of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency markets (in quantity and quality);

This workshop will present these and other recommendations to be considered by national key stakeholders which include partnering ministries industry and civil society. The proposed recommendations also address the National Climate Change Strategy of Seychelles which had identified three primary inhibiting issues affecting greenhouse gas mitigation measures, the first being the lack of a clear policy for the introduction of alternative energy technologies

The workshop will be opened by the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. The session will begin with a review of the current Seychelles Energy Policy paying particular attention to its Energy Efficiency component, followed by presentation of the energy efficiency proposal. These proposals will be taken into consideration for the amendment of the Energy policy 201-2030 by the department of Energy and Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.

Date: 4th February 2016 Venue: STC conference room. Agenda as follow:

08: 30 Registration

09.00 Welcome by MC

09.05 Speech by UN Resident Coordinator, Simon Springett

09:15 Opening by Minister of Environment Energy Climate Change Mr Didier Dogley

09:25 Presentation of current Energy Policy and its Energy Efficiency component

09:45 Presentation of Energy Efficiency Policy proposals

10:30 TEA BREAK

11:00 Discussion on the alignment of the proposed Energy Efficiency policy to the Seychelles Energy policy

12:00 Closing remarks

About the Resource Efficiency Project:Seychelles is highly dependent on imported oil to meet its energy needs: 90% of the primary energy supply comes from imported fuel, with imports of fuel for electricity generation alone accounting for 12% of the total Government budget. This heavy reliance on imported fossil fuels places a heavy pressure on the country's foreign exchange reserves, exacerbates state budget deficits, and poses major energy security concerns, both in terms of access to supplies and pricing. A market for energy-efficient appliances is just beginning to develop in the Seychelles, based in large part on the rapidly rising cost of electricity for most consumers. However, this market is constrained in many ways, including: a lack of consumer awareness about EE appliances; extremely limited purchase options for EE appliances (apart from energy saving lights); the inability of consumers to get bank loans or store financing for the purchase of high-value EE appliances (such as air conditioning units, refrigerators/freezers, and washing machines); and the absence of any standards or labelling schemes or requirements for EE appliances in the country

Project Outcomes: The GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project (RE Project) aims to increase market penetration of energy-efficient technologies, products and services in Seychelles. It aims to achieve this through four main components:

• Legislative, institutional and fiscal frameworks improvement;

• Awareness raising and educational campaigns for selected target audiences;

• Schemes to develop the skills and certify the qualifications of selected and new professional categories;

• Facilities to manage the residues of obsolete electric and electronic equipment and to finance the acquisition of new and resource efficient technologies.

For more information visit: www.pcusey.sc

About the Seychelles Energy Commission:

The Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) was set up in 2009 and falls under the under the purview of the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The object of the Commission is to regulate electricity related activities for adequate, reliable, cost effective and affordable electricity while protecting and conserving the environment. The Commission regulates the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity. In addition, the Commission promotes the use of energy efficient technologies and renewable resources.

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