Energy Efficiency Measures Set to Achieve Security in Brunei
THE Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Strategy in Brunei requires a shared effort in order to achieve energy security and sustainability was the theme of an address by Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong, the Brunei's Deputy Minister of Development..
"Brunei's current reliance on oil and gas as the sole source of energy to generate income and provide the citizens of Brunei a ready surplus of energy is not sustainable in the long run without proper EEC measures," said the Minister.
He was delivering his keynote address to mark the start of the second day of the conference on alternative energy and energy efficiency yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei.
"As we continue to forge to build a viable national EEC Strategy to fulfill our vision in the long term, the rationale behind the need for EEC measures is having the ability to reduce the energy demand growth rate as the economy expands," he said.
The deputy minister said that the establishment of the EEC Strategy is vital in achieving the National Vision 2035 for the Brunei government, first set in January 2008.
This vision is further established in the pledge made towards a number of regional and international declarations. Including the Apec Leaders Declaration on Climate Change and the Energy Security and Clean Development.
"Our energy policy must be supportive of ecological sustainability and the related principles of a more efficient, cleaner and friendlier energy practices," he added.
It was also stressed that EEC measures will need to be thought through and planned carefully prior to its implementation especially when the current practices will need to go through modification.
"A comprehensive national audit to assess energy consumption and energy wastage is required. This must be supported with continual empirical or research driven sector-based assessments of energy saving potential and to consider the full range of EEC measures in terms of its technological, financial and environmental feasibility," he added.
He reminded everyone that while government agencies and stakeholders will be responsible for carrying out the EEC Strategy, the role of the citizen is also equally important, and that no agency or individual can do it alone.
"The EEC strategies, standards and measures coupled with awareness campaigns should aim to send out the message that all of us play a part in conserving energy and protecting our future," he said.
Organised by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, the conference concluded yesterday with a focus on EEC, where guest speakers presented their papers and shared EEC strategies practised in their respective nations.
Thursday 17th June 2010