Partnering with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Eskom Uganda Limited held the first regional sustainable energy campaign in Jinja starting Friday December 4th to 6th 2015.

The campaign, in the form of an exhibition was aimed at fostering sustainable and responsible usage of energy, especially electricity. The campaign provided solutions to what is currently the biggest challenge in the energy subsector which is sustainable energy use under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy Utilization for a better Environment’

Held at Jinja’s Rippon gardens, the campaign was launched by South Africa’s High Commissioner to Uganda Rtd Maj. Gen. Solly L Mollo. “I am in agreement with your government’s National Development plan and Vision 2040 which places Energy as one of the three major pillars on which social-economic transformation of Uganda rests; the other two being Infrastructure and agriculture through agro-processing, “he said adding, “Of these three pillars, there is no doubt that energy drives a nation’s development.”

Sharing on the load-shedding experience in South Africa, the High Commissioner cautioned against wanton use of energy resources given the adverse effects this could have on supply and the environment. “Through initiatives such as Energy Efficiency/Demand Side Management programmes that Eskom has spearheaded and continues to develop back home, we are glad to share with Uganda these best practices and not let you go through the agonizing experiences like we have.”

Eskom Managing Director (MD) Thozama Gangi reiterated Eskom’s commitment to promote sustainable energy use. “…demand side management is no rocket science. To start with, is creating awareness among the public and specifically electricity users on best user practices, cheaper as well as clean alternatives; hence this sustainable energy campaign that takes the form of an exhibition of available alternatives as well as best user practices.” She added, “The plan is to roll out these exhibitions to the four regions of the country starting with the East, and the other three next year.”  She challenged the people of Jinja to be champions of responsible energy use.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development represented by the Commissioner Energy Efficiency and Conservation Department James Banaabe, lauded Eskom for such a noble initiative that serves to educate people and spur responsible energy use, reduced energy bills and protection of the environment.

Eskom Uganda limited fully sponsored the campaign whose specific objectives were to; educate the public on energy efficiency practices and behaviors, promote the use of renewable energy technologies such as solar, biomass, enable the public/consumers interact with service and product providers in the renewable energy sector and highlight government’s policy framework on clean energy.

Technologies displayed included; Solar PV systems, improved charcoal stoves that use less fuel than ordinary stoves, LPG technologies, charcoal briquettes and energy saving lamps.

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