HE The Minister chairs national committee meetingHE The Minister chairs national committee meeting
Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs presided over the first meeting of Bahrainâ€™s National Committee to follow up the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy plan.
United Nations Resident Co-ordinator in Bahrain Amin Sharkawi and head of the Sustainable Energy Unit Jehan Murbai were present on the occasion along with representatives of government agencies involved in the project.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister applauded the leadershipâ€™s support to set up the unit and
noted that this would enable Bahrain achieve sustainable development goals on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The National Plan for Energy Efficiency includes 22 initiatives, including those for buildings, lighting specifications and household appliances, the green building initiative, classification of buildings in terms of efficiency, specifications governing air conditioning and district cooling.
It also includes efficiency of electricity production, correct load factor, the efficiency of electricity transmission and distribution and smart metering.
On the government side it includes efficient lighting at government buildings, green government procurement, street lighting and energy management.
In the economic sectors, it includes restructuring of tariff, legislative restructuring, dissemination of information and data while in the transportation sector it looks at transportation efficiency and the restructuring of government support.
In the industrial sector, the plan looks at software companies to raise energy efficiency.
The National Plan for Renewable Energy has six initiatives. These include solar panels on building rooftops, wind projects on land and in the sea, large central solar power plant projects, and solar energy installations in homes and new projects, renewable energy requirements in new infrastructure such as bridges and railroad projects and electric power generation from organic material extracted from sewage.
The minister spoke on the importance of adopting national targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy and added these would help Bahrain achieve the goals of sustainable development and would also contribute to attracting international investments. He said these goals would bring Bahrain at par with countries dealing with development of sustainable and diversity of energy sources, and enhance the Kingdom's efforts toward national and international commitments while optimizing the use of energy and wider use of renewable energy.
The meeting also reviewed the objectives of the Sustainable Energy Unit and its role in supporting the committee to achieve its mandated tasks. It also reviewed national plans for energy efficiency and renewable energy details and the setting up of a national goal, which looks at five per cent of the total energy use to be renewable by 2025 and increasing to 10 per cent by 2035.