Sat, 24th June 2017 | Updated Tuesday 20 June 2017, 04:53:43
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 18th, 2017
Victoria, Seychelles – On Saturday, April 22, the GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Seychelles Energy Commission and the Public Utility Corporation, will officially launch the National LED Campaign in a small ceremony which will take place at the STC Hypermarket, commencing at 9:30 am.
The event will be attended by the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Mr Didier Dogely, who will officially launch the campaign in the presence of representatives of the various key partners and other stakeholders, including the Ministry of Finance Trade and Economic Planning and Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.
LED stands for ‘Light-emitting Diode’ – the most efficient light bulb for domestic use. The national campaign is being launched in support of the Government’s energy objectives, one of which is to reduce the country’s energy consumption through the adoption of energy efficient technologies. The aim of the campaign is to promote the widespread use of more energy efficient light technologies to replace the use of energy inefficient light bulbs, particularly the traditional incandescent light bulbs.
The launching of the campaign coincides with the annual Earth Day Event, which this year is taking place under the theme ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’.
The launching ceremony will be followed by a bulb exchange activity. Members of the public are invited to bring two incandescent light bulbs, together with their most recent utility bill. The bill will be stamped and the two incandescent bulbs will be exchanged for two LED light bulbs.
The activity will also be a learning platform, where the public can learn more about energy efficiency and the benefits of LED light bulbsl.
LED light bulbs are one of the world’s most efficient and reliable lighting technologies with the potential for consumers to save on their energy consumption, thus saving money as well as reducing their carbon footprint. Compared to the traditional incandescent light bulbs, LED lights – especially the Energy Star Rated products - use 90 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer, typically around 20,000 hours compared to 1,000 hours for an incandescent bulb.
The LED bulb exchange activity will be repeated, and will be extended to the islands of Praslin and La Digue, in the coming months.
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 approximately 3% of Gross Domestic Product. 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 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:
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.
About the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change is charged with ensuring the constitutional right of every person to live in and enjoy a clean, healthy and ecologically balanced environment, the provision of a reliable, affordable and safe water and energy supply, and to build resilience against climate change and disasters.
The Ministry undertakes to:
Seychelles has been endowed with a very unique and rich biodiversity and diverse land and seascapes of outstanding beauty, which as we develop needs to be protected and conserved. Our marine and green spaces provide the country with ecological services, i.e. a mild climate, water, natural resources and limited occurrence of disasters. All of these are vital for our survival as a viable state. With the onslaught of climate change, Seychelles, like many island states, has to prepare itself by building resilience against the impact of climate change.
Water and Energy for All has been one of the key policies of the government for many years. Our challenge for the future is to accelerate the absorption of renewable energy and introduce nationwide energy efficiency measures including the regulation of the standard of electric appliances entering the country.
The work of the Ministry is governed by the Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy 2012-2020, the National Waste Strategy, the National Biodiversity Stratey and Action Plan, the Climate Change Strategy, the National Energy Policy, the Water Master Plan and other policy documents.
The Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) is a parastatal body wholly owned by the Government of Seychelles. PUC was formed on 1st January 1986 following the merger of the Seychelles Water Authority and the Seychelles Electricity Corporation Ltd.
PUC has the responsibility on the three main islands of Seychelles (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) for:
It provides electricity and water services to about 34,000 households, and provides sewerage services to almost 3,000 customers. In 2016, it supplied 406 GWh of electricity and 9.4 million m3 of water to all its customers.
Aside from its core activities, PUC also plays a key role in assisting its customers to reduce their utility bills through adopting efficiency and conservation measures. There are also renewed efforts in Seychelles to look for alternative sources of affordable, reliable, and secure energy and water. PUC will be a major contributor to the efforts to attain these targets.