The minister of energy and public utilities Ivan Collendavelloo has noted that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) need to develop energy efficiency systems to better manage their energy use.
Collendavelloo was speaking at a workshop that was held under the theme Survey on Energy Use and Energy Efficiency in the Industrial and SME sectors, last week in Ebène.
The purpose of the workshop was to disseminate the findings on energy use and energy efficiency in the industrial and SME sectors.
The energy minister highlighted that improving SMEs’ energy efficiency is a key way to increase their profitability and competitiveness.
This will also ensure the reduction in SMEs’ energy costs improving greater energy efficiency with regards to SMEs’ product quality and output, reducing risks and liabilities, enhancing resilience and enabling new business opportunities, he said.
It is economically viable, Collendavelloo pointed out to have an efficient utilisation of energy considering that Mauritius depends heavily on the import of charcoal and diesel for energy generation.
He stressed the need to implement modern energy production technologies such as liquefied natural gas.
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Several measures are being implemented such as energy efficiency labelling of electrical appliances with the aim of providing information on energy consumption and efficiency to help customers make better purchasing decisions; energy audits in 88 buildings in the public and private sectors; solar PV Rebate scheme for cooperative societies; and home solar project targeting 10,000 households of vulnerable families.
Energy efficiency opportunities
Chairman of the energy efficiency management office, Kendall Tang, underlined that SMEs often focus on the day-to-day tasks of the core business, leaving limited time and resources to investigate energy efficiency opportunities.
SMEs, he recalled, face various barriers that deter them from adopting energy efficiency measures such as lack of time and resources to explore energy efficiency options, and lack of information about where and how energy is used in their companies.
SMEs usually do not have internal capacity to develop and implement energy efficiency projects, and rarely view efficiency as a priority, especially during the early SME development phase, he said.