Lights top energy waste in Samoa

A training to identify sources of energy waste was conducted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) last week.

Delivered by Mua’ausa Joseph Walter, of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), the training was to build the capacity of participants to identify basic Energy Efficiency (EE) measures, particularly in the building sector.

Speaking to the Weekend Observer, Mua’ausa said Samoa’s top source of energy waste were the unnecessary use of lights, air conditioning and producing hot water.

During the training, 30 participants from the government and the private sector were taught to work through energy audits so they can identify where energy is wasted.

The idea is that when they return their work places, they will be able to eliminate unnecessary use of energy.

The training also looked into the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific Phase 2 (PEEP2) project.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Taule’ale’ausumai La’avasa Malua said PEEP 2 is to “implement energy efficient measures in five Pacific countries.”

The goal is to achieve 10 per cent reduction in average monthly energy consumption in the residential, commercial and public sector by March 2015.


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