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PM has given instructions to each ministry about reducing energy bill" (Slim Feriani)

Published the:  05/04/2018

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(TAP) - "Prime Minister Youssef Chahed gave at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday very clear instructions to reduce the energy bill and encourage all employees in the public service to pay more attention to the use of energy,” Slim Feriani, Minister of Industry and SMEs told TAP on the sidelines of a conference on "Accelerating the implementation of energy efficiency programmes".

The energy bill is a huge burden for the general compensation fund (French: CGC) and the state budget, he added.

The minister also said: "on our side, we are working to reduce energy consumption in the industrial sector, which is the second most energy-intensive sector in Tunisia, and making available to industrialists, whose number exceeds 6000, several incentive mechanisms, including the upgrading programme, the national research and innovation program ... «

The minister reminded that the energy transition strategy, adopted in 2016, sets as objectives by 2030 reducing the energy demand by 30% and increasing the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix to 30%.

In addition, the 2016-2020 development plan calls for reducing energy intensity by 3% per year by 2020.

UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Tunisia, Diego Zorilla, for his part, said that "energy is today more than ever at the heart of all sustainable development programmes, noting that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce the energy intensity of our economies, but it is also a driver of economic growth, as it promotes the creation of wealth and jobs.”

The official welcomed the progress made by Tunisia in this area, which earned it international recognition, through its ranking by the World Bank, in its report published in 2017 among the top 20 nations out of 111 countries, and first Arab country in the field of energy efficiency.

For his part, the Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Co-operation, Benoit Lebot, emphasised that “energy efficiency is an energy resource, as it allows us to rationalise and save our energy consumption.”

According to the official, it is imperative today to engage in energy efficiency policies, which are based on four pillars, namely the use of new technology, know-how, the mobilisation of necessary funding and behavioral change through information and awareness.

Sharing the same point of view, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative El Kebir Mdarhri Alaoui reiterated the need for raising awareness about the need to streamline energy consumption, stressing that the budgets mobilised for energy compensation can be directed to priority sectors, namely education and health.

He also said that energy efficiency programmes should be initiated on a regional scale, involving municipalities in this effort.

He also called for the simplification of procedures for companies wishing to carry out energy projects and to ensure better coordination between all stakeholders in this activity