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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Stakeholders to endorse roadmap for energy efficient lighting Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles – On April 27th, key stakeholders in Seychelles' energy sector and climate change, including other relevant sectors such as will convene in a workshop for the validation of the Seychelles Energy Efficient (EE) Lighting Strategy.

This EE Lighting Strategy for Seychelles is being developed the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) with the support of the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project (RE Project), which a four-year project aimed at increasing market penetration for energy-efficient technologies, products and services in Seychelles.

The aim of the strategy is to map the way to transform and prepare the market for a swift transition from energy inefficient and environmentally harmful lighting technologies towards more energy efficient and environmentally less impactful ones, more particularly LEDs.

This strategy also covers the promotional, communication and outreach plan for switching to EE lighting that are targeted towards different segment of the population. It also includes a proposal for demo-project in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA).

The workshop will be held at the Savoy Hotel, from 9 am to 12 pm.

Workshop Agenda:

08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcoming Remarks by Elaine Ernesta (RE Project Manager)

09:10 Opening Speech

09:20 Overview of the contents and approach of the plan

09: 30 Energy Efficient lighting by My Ton

10:30 BREAK

10:50 Presentation of the Communication plan, including SCAA demon-project

11:20 Plenary discussion

12:00 Lunch

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About the GOS-UNDP-GEF 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.

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, Energy and Climate Change. 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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