Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania

Stakeholders Consultation Workshop on Energy Performance in Building Regulatory Framework

Tanzania, 10/02/2017 - 10:27, UNIQUE ID: 170210_11
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Dar es Salaam, 09th February, 2017; The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Tanzania in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) is facilitating the preparation of an Energy Performance in Building Regulatory Framework including Energy Performance Certification guidelines. The assignment is supported through the EU Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative – Eastern and Southern Africa.

 

Dar es Salaam, 09th February, 2017; The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Tanzania in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) is facilitating the preparation of an Energy Performance in Building Regulatory Framework including Energy Performance Certification guidelines. The assignment is supported through the EU Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative – Eastern and Southern Africa.

Stakeholders were invited to the consultation workshop to discuss Principles and Methods for Energy Performance Regulatory Framework. The workshop aimed at raising awareness and discussions of topics including aspects of energy efficiency and urban planning, and why energy efficiency should be considered for the building sector. Further, explore whether the principles and methods of Energy Performance in buildings regulatory framework responding to the needs of the building sector in Tanzania have been validated.

The EU is already a long standing partner supporting the energy sector in Tanzania. Recently, the EU has scaled up its engagement in the sector, with Energy selected as one of three focal sectors under the EU-Tanzania cooperation framework for 2014-2020 (11th EDF) with an indicative allocation of EUR 180 million.

Speaking at the workshop, the EU Head of Natural Resources Section, Mrs. Jenny Correia Nunes, said "the urbanization trend in Tanzania is increasing energy demand annually by 8%, against an almost stable supply of energy. This creates a huge energy deficiency which we experience already today with frequent power outages. Energy Efficiency actions can improve energy security, generate immediate savings for the consumer and is good for the environment."

In Tanzania, the power demand of large urban buildings for year round air conditioning is contributing significantly to rotational load shedding, besides causing large monthly electricity bills. Most of the expected shortfall in power production could be met with energy efficiency measures, including demand reduction (residential and commercial sectors). Energy efficiency in buildings can play a significant role in reducing their energy demand, energy cost and improve energy security.

Inefficient design combined with poor understanding of thermal comfort, passive building principles and energy conscious behavior, has led to tremendous energy wastage. Therefore, increased buildings construction and home ownership will be accompanied by increasing energy use particularly electricity consumption. If energy efficiency in buildings is not addressed effort of the Government to provide enough and reliable energy particularly electricity will continue to be undermined by rapid increase in uncontrolled demand from buildings sector” said the Acting Assistant Commissioner (New & Renewable Energy) Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Eng. Styden Rwebangila.

In the direction of employing energy efficiency measures in an organized and structured manner, there is a need to demonstrate the benefits of implementing an Energy Performance in Buildings (EPB) regulatory framework including the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) adapted to the needs of Tanzania.

 

Background notes:

In Africa, cities require about 75% of global primary energy and emit between 50-60 % of total greenhouse gases, which rise to 80% when indirect emissions are also included.

Energy used in buildings is estimated at 56% of the total national electricity consumption. Big cities consume more than 75% of all electricity generated. Among others due to the urbanization trend energy demand increases annually by 8% against an almost stable supply, creating a huge energy deficit. Therefore, there is need for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The European Union is a key partner in providing support for Infrastructure in Tanzania, in particular in the areas of energy, water & sanitation and transport.

In energy, a focal sector under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), support ranges from improving rural energy access through mini-hydro projects, biogas digesters and solar systems, to the development of transmission and distribution infrastructure, along with support to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Industry Reform Strategy and Roadmap. The EU is also supporting the development of capacities and skills in the Extractive sector (Oil and Gas) and is one of the main contributors to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (T-EITI).

 

Participants invited to the workshop
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