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Algeria toughens its energy efficiency policy

on Friday, March 20th 2020 à 16:52 | Read 780 times

The renewable energy issue is a national priority in Algeria. The APRUE is striving to do the same with energy efficiency, since the agency estimates the potential savings in the residential sector at 36% of its total energy consumption. Version française

Algeria toughens its energy efficiency policy
In Algeria, the building sector is one of the major energy consumers. Oil industry aside, it accounts for 42% of end-user energy consumption, of which 35% in the residential sector and 7% in the services sector. Transport is close behind with 35%, followed by industry at 16%. The building sector therefore is one of the Algerian government’s priority target areas for energy efficiency (EE).
As an oil producer, Algeria offers a 70% subsidy on energy prices. As a result, the EE measures have met with some resistance, despite the government’s awareness of the problems caused by climate change.
On 8th March, 2020, the Algerian President underlined the urgent need to accelerate energy transition. The Minister for Energy Mohamed Arkab announced the “readjustment of the regulatory framework, renovation of the transport and electricity distribution networks, the creation of an incubator for the national industrial fabric and a strategy for exporting surplus energy for producing electricity from renewable sources, in addition to involving local investors in renewable energy projects”. The Algerian government intends “putting a stop to wastage”. The President has “given instructions for public lighting in all the Republic’s towns and villages to immediately use solar energy, ordered all public transport vehicles to be converted to LPG and has encouraged the purchase of electric vehicles.”
The country aims to reduce energy consumption in the residential and services sectors by 15% by 2030. Algeria is focussing its efforts on new homes and the services sector by promoting double glazing and thermal insulation. At the same time, households will be able to purchase 10 million energy-saving LED light bulbs subsidised at 50%.
The first energy efficiency programme came into law in 2006 and revised in 2011 and 2015. Algeria has a law on energy-saving and thermal efficiency in buildings (RTB), revised in 2016. Even if the law doesn’t cover old buildings, it is applied for all new construction projects. Using data from a benchmark building, it determines whether or not a project conforms to the RTB specifications. The law will be extended to individual homes and older buildings in 2020. The law on energy-saving is due to be revised in 2021.
The APRUE implements the country’s national energy efficiency programme for buildings and construction, the PNEE, which covers four areas: the thermal insulation of buildings, thermal renovation, the fitting of household solar water heaters and the distribution of LED light bulbs for homes and public lighting. Algeria aims to put in place an energy label similar to those found on household appliances.

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