The European Union (EU) has assured its continued commitment to collaborating with the Ministry of Energy in facilitating the development of a National Energy Efficiency Strategy.
This will be done through the EU Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative - Eastern and Southern Africa, reports The Citizen.
Media cited a statement by the EU stating that the facilitation started with a recent consultation workshop to discuss the scope and process in developing the 20-year Energy Efficiency Strategy for Tanzania.
The workshop also discussed advantages and challenges of energy efficiency, and the importance of the Energy Efficiency Strategy in achieving the overall goals of the 2015 National Energy Policy.
"The EU is a long standing partner supporting the energy sector in Tanzania," noted the statement signed by Anna Muro Temu, assistant Aid Effectiveness and Visibility officer at the EU office in Dar es Salaam.
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To this end a Sh21 billion ($9 million) financing agreement is planned to be signed shortly with the government of Tanzania to support the implementation of a four-year Energy Efficiency Programme.
The EU head of Cooperation, Jose Correia Nunes, said: "Investing in energy efficiency creates jobs, fosters economic growth and improves energy security and delivery of more services to consumers."
Energy efficiency strategy could reduce demand
In Tanzania, the energy balance is dominated by biomass use (charcoal and firewood) and its contribution to the total national energy consumption is about 90%.
The Citizen further highlighted that how much other sources contribute, with petroleum products contributing approximately 8% of the total energy consumed, while electricity accounts for 1.5% and 0.5% from solar, coal, wind and.
"Energy efficiency can play a significant role in reducing energy demand; energy cost and improves energy security," Nunes aid.
"Energy efficiency measures have the potential of scaling down capital investment needed to provide additional energy in power generation, transportation, industries, buildings," said the acting assistant commissioner (New & Renewable Energy) Ministry of Energy, Styden Rwebangila.
He said this will be achieved only if energy efficiency policies, strategies and actions are put in place.
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