By : Nqobile Bhebhe Senior Business Reporter
15 May 2012

 Zimbabwe Energy Council (ZEC) has been set up and affiliated to the World Energy Council (WEC) with a view to promote sustainable and sound environmental practices including the use of clean and renewable sources of energy.

The 12-member board chaired by Liberty Mhlanga draws its members from the mining, energy and research sectors.

According to a Chamber of Mines 2011 Annual report presented at its recent conference in Victoria Falls, the formation of the council would enable Zimbabwe to participate in WEC activities.

This is another forum that will be able to discuss and hopefully influence government and the power generating and supply authorities on how the energy sector can be more efficiently run for the long-term benefit of all users, reads part of the annual report.

A board has been finalised and would formulate its own agenda according to the perceived needs of the industry, ranging from policy issues to technical matters and would meet quarterly but more frequently on an ad hoc basis when necessary.

WEC was established in 1923 and Zimbabwe is set to participate at its 2013 congress in Korea.

It was formed to bring together experts from around the world to discuss and consider ways of building energy resources.

The Zimbabwe chapter would concentrate on creating a platform where all interested parties come together to consider issues of common concern and collect information.

They will also promote research into the means of supplying and use of energy having the greatest social benefit and at least harmful impact on the environment.