Tunisia: energy efficiency will go up several notches

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The National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) and the “Agence Immobilière Industrielle” (AFI) signed, on Wednesday, August 21, a partnership agreement in the field of energy control.

The agreement essentially concerns several areas of common interest, such as the promotion of shared production and distribution in industrial zones, the encouragement of electricity production from renewable energies to cover the energy consumption of public lighting of industrial areas.

It also provides for optimizing the energy consumption of AFI buildings through the implementation of an energy efficiency action plan and the realization of an action of self-production of electricity starting from renewable energies

There is also talk of promoting communication and awareness in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

It is recalled that ANME has recently launched several awareness campaigns for the benefit of the citizens, whose objective is to rationalize energy consumption.

A strategy for energy control… Yes but how?

The national strategy for energy management by 2030 was developed on the basis of the results of the national debate on the country’s energy policy organized between the end of 2013 and April 2014.

The objectives of this strategy are to improve energy independence by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and diversifying the energy mix, reducing the energy bill, through lower public subsidies and industrial development of energy-saving technologies, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of jobs and the preservation of the standard of living of disadvantaged households.

The two main thrusts of the national strategy are the reduction of primary energy demand by 17% in 2020 and 34% in 2030 and the development of renewable energies. The energy savings that would be achieved in 2030 should reach 6.5 Mtoe.

By 2030, 30% of electric power should be produced from renewable energies. Correlatively to these two results, a 48% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is eyed.

To achieve the objectives set, an action plan covering the period 2014-2020 has been drawn up. It is an investment program that takes place in three phases: actions launched before 2013, those relating to the period 2014-2016 and those of the period 2017-2020.

It is structured around actions relating to all sectors, and more specifically industry, the tertiary sector and construction and forecasts energy savings of 51%, 26% and 25%, respectively, by 2020.

Targeted actions concern audit and program contracts, cogeneration, efficient lighting (LBC, street lighting and LD lamps), efficient buildings and transport (…).

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