Zambia ConservationMines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister Charles Zulu has called for concerted efforts towards reducing power deficit in the country.

Mr Zulu said energy conservation was not a programme meant for the Government alone but that all Zambians should embrace it for the sake of the economy and the environment.

He was speaking in Livingstone on Friday when he opened the 2013 Energy Week Exhibition held under the theme ‘Energy Conservation – My Responsibility’.

“My Government is ready to work with all organisations that are promoting energy conservation and efficiency. I would like to assure the dealers in energy saving equipment of Government’s support in their endeavours,” he said.

Mr Zulu said this year’s theme for the energy week was in line with the national energy policy and Government’s aspiration to promote the efficient use of scarce resources in the country.

He said it was a well-known fact that Zambia’s economy had grown and it would continue to grow through the stewardship of the Patriotic Front Government.

Mr Zulu said the Government was investing in energy infrastructure both in power and petroleum sectors to mitigate the increasing demand.

“I am, therefore, urging all concerned retailers to pass on the benefit of removing duty on this equipment to the final consumers in order to contribute to the achievement of our aspiration of promoting energy efficiency in the country,” he said.

Zambia Environmental Management Agency environmental inspector Derrick Kasongo said Zambians should reduce the human-induced energy deficits the country was experiencing.

Professor Kasongo said the energy deficits could be dealt with by enhancing information sharing among the various stakeholders in the energy sector.







Date: 28 July 2013