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Stakeholders to approve revised Seychelles Energy Education Strategy at validation workshop

Victoria, Seychelles – On Tuesday 15th March, key stakeholders will convene at a national workshop to validate the revised energy communication and education strategy, entitled the Seychelles Energy Education Strategy (SEES), which the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project and Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) is developing on behalf of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC).

The workshop will be opened by the Principal Secretary Energy and Climate Change, Mr Wills Agricole.

The project is being implemented by the Seychelles Energy Comission and together with other partners other partners, namely the GOS- UNDP-GEF Photovoltaic Project, Public Utilities Corporation (PUC), the Ministry of Education, Environment Education department and other government and non-governmental organisations involved in energy education, collaborated on the newly reviewed strategy.

The objective of this half-day workshop is to familiarize stakeholders with the objectives and approaches of the Seychelles Energy Education Strategy, and to obtain their feedback. It also aims to solicit comments and gain approval for the implementation of the strategy

The SEES supersedes the country's previous strategy - the Seychelles Energy Education and Communication Strategy, also known as SEECS. This first strategy was put in place by the Ministry responsible for energy in 2012 as part of the Government's plan to raise the level of awareness and educate the general public concerning energy efficiency (EE) and the potential for energy cost savings. The newly improved strategy results from a detailed consultation of different market segments to find out the information gap that was hindering the uptake of the EE market at both the demand and supply sides of EE services

The SEES aims to catalyse a renewed vigour in communicating and educating the public about energy efficiency, focusing on five main key messages aimed at targeting different segments of the population. It also takes into consideration the energy used for water treatment. It comes with a three-year action plan that will be funded by the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency project and partners, and proposes a steering committee with a chairperson to be appointed on the day of the workshop. The chairperson's main role will be to ensure the delivery of activities and development of a calendar of events to synchronise the activities among partners.

The workshop will be held at the STC Conference Room, from 9 am to 1 pm.

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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.

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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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