The energy situation at hand calls upon nations to focus on low carbon climate-resilient development pathways which can bring multiple wins for society, the economy, and the environment, Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda has said.
In a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy Magna Mudyiwa during a Stakeholders Workshop held in Harare on Wednesday, 14 October, Hon Soda said;
â€œGovernment is working tirelessly on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal Number 7 (SDG7) which requires that we increase the use of renewable energy and double the improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. In line with our long-term vision of achieving universal energy access for all by 2030, we have started a process of developing a National Energy Efficiency Policy.
â€œThese strategic documents are meant to provide a clear roadmap for attracting investment, regulation of local energy operations, and creation of an enabling environment for players in the energy sector, particularly the private sector among others.
â€œOur markets are flooded with inefficient products. As I speak, some industries are still using inefficient mercury vapour lighting units among others instead of LED lights. Our electric motors, pumps, and steam heating systems in the industry, mining, and agriculture are also inefficient. In addition, some of the pumps in agriculture need to be properly sized,â€.
Speaking at the same event, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative to Zimbabwe Mr. Georges Van Montfort had this to say;
â€œWe are excited that we are partnering with the Government of Zimbabwe to kick start this very important intervention. This inception workshop comes at a critical juncture for Zimbabwe as the country is in the process of developing a 5 year National Development Strategy.
â€œWe are also delighted as UNDP that we have supported the country to develop the Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS), the first Nationally Determined Contribution for the Paris Climate Agreement, and we are currently supporting the revision of the NDCs,” said Mr Van Montfort.
Also speaking, Dr Eng Fortunate Farirayi mentioned that new approaches and business models for energy efficiency are being implemented across the region, including many that are designed to attract and involve private sector players.
He went on to say that there is need to develop a complimentary strategy that acknowledges the potential of both renewable energy and energy efficiency to diversify Zimbabwe and the SADC regionâ€™s energy mix and reduce its energy intensity.
He stressed that the SADC region has vast opportunities for energy savings through more-efficient technologies, fuel switching, change of habits and improved processes.
Meanwhile, the implementation of the National Renewable Energy and the Biofuels Policy which was launched early this year by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is well on course. The policy seeks to promote optimal supply and utilisation of energy for socio-economic development in a safe and sustainable manner.