Bahrain and World Bank set Energy Efficiency Program

THE Government of Bahrain and the World Bank signed an agreement for an Energy Efficiency Implementation Program yesterday.

The Program aims to provide support to the Government to address the challenge of curbing energy demand in the country over the next three years, which has one of the highest energy consumption per capita globally, with 11,800 kWh in 2012 with a peak demand over 2,900 MWh, with energy demand growing by 10% annually.

By 2020, energy demand is expected to reach 19,706 GWh with a peak demand of 4,312 MWh. The Energy Efficiency Implementation Program seeks to reduce inefficient energy consumption in the buildings sector covering commercial, public buildings and residential.

“The World Bank is leveraging its global expertise to support Bahrain in reducing the inefficient use of electricity through a sustainable national energy efficiency program,” said Farrukh Iqbal, World Bank Director for GCC countries. “The Program will set energy efficiency incentives and targets, identify priority interventions, raise awareness, support implementation efforts, and assist in performance monitoring.”

An implementation strategy will be developed along with awareness raising campaigns, which will, amongst other strategies, for example, develop building codes to redirect investments to energy efficient technologies in support of Bahrain’s Vision 2030.

Finally, the Program will also support the installation of advanced energy meters to optimize energy use by targeted consumers such as public buildings and large commercial and industrial consumers.

Picture of Muharraq and Manama, Bahrain, by Leshonai, reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 25th September 2013

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