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Tunisia multiplying energy efficiency schemes

Written by Gérard Tur on Wednesday, June 27th 2018 à 14:30 | Read 1007 times

Tunisia seems to want to speed up its energy efficiency drive, to protect its environment and uphold its international commitments but also to reduce its energy bill, which in 2018 is expected to represent 33% of its trade deficit. Version française

Tunisia multiplying energy efficiency schemes

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Tunisia is firmly committed to energy efficiency. Photo CDC.
Tunisia is firmly committed to energy efficiency. Photo CDC.
At the beginning of April, 2018, the Ministry for Energy, Mining and Renewable Energy and the ANME (national agency for energy management) organized a national conference on the theme of "Accelerating the implementation of energy efficiency programmes", in the presence of the head of government Youssef Chahed. In the wake of the conference, on 25th May, 2018, a ministerial meeting decided on a whole series of measures.

Tunisia has been battling for energy efficiency for the past thirty or so years. In 2017, it was ranked 18th out of 111 countries for energy efficiency by the World Bank. But it still has a long way to go to attain the objectives it has set itself under the Paris Agreement, which include a reduction in Tunisian industry's carbon emissions of 41% over 2010 figures by the year 2030.

Tunisia believes that succeeding with this gamble on the future will depend 50% on its performance in the area of energy efficiency. In 2016, the country adopted an energy transition plan that aimed to reduce energy consumption by 30%.

The two decisive sectors, in which the battle will either won or lost, are transport and industry, which each represent 35% of the country's total energy consumption. However, it has become clear to the Tunisian government that the set goals will not be met at the present rate, whence the need to step up a gear.

The energy transition fund will be boosted. To fulfil the cogeneration objectives, 730MW targeted in 2030 against 109MW today, the ANME aims to sign 2500 programme-contracts.

Administrative simplifications and financial aid

The National Agency for Energy Efficiency is the government's tool for energy efficiency.
The National Agency for Energy Efficiency is the government's tool for energy efficiency.

The Tunisian state intends simplifying administrative procedures, in particular for projects of less than 1MW. A support and guidance bureau will assist project carriers who, in due course, will have the advantage of a single legislative framework. Meanwhile, the ACTE (township alliance for energy transition) programme will assist local authorities in implementing national policy in the field.

The government has decided to carry out an energy audit on 350 towns, insulate 65,000 homes, install solar panels on the roofs of government buildings and mosques, replace 400,000 old refrigerators and 4 million incandescent bulb and put LEDs in 450,000 public lighting points.

Power station energy consumption will be reduced by 3% between now and 2020 and electricity transport loss reduced over the same period from 16% to 12%. A million low-income households will be equipped with solar panels and the state will make low-consumption lighting and refrigerators more accessible. It will also help with home insulation and subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles, which will gradually replace the vehicles used by government departments such as the postal service.

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