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PCREEE Seminar on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

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21st November, 2017 The words of former US Energy Secretary in the Obama Administration were echoed again at the recent Energy Efficiency Seminar. Specifically, in noting the potential for “Energy Efficiency (EE), Steven Chu stated it is not just low hanging fruits, it is actually fruits already on the ground,” meaning that energy efficiency saves money but also it grows the economy by putting more money back into people’s pockets.

The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) had organized a seminar on EE in Buildings and vertical structures on Monday, 20th November 2017 at the Tungi Colonnade. EE is also an important highlight in our Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM). We had set ourselves a target of 18% in terms of reductions in energy efficiency. So far we have been working on this through the supply side or electricity network initiatives (distribution and transmission lines). The Seminar yesterday was from a demand side perspective basically on initiatives and technologies that encourage households to optimize on their energy use. More importantly that energy efficiency is also an avenue to make electricity usage more affordable for ordinary Tongans. According to Mr. Sione Misi of PCREEE, adopting energy efficiency measures is not only is about saving money, it helps our economy and above all also allows to reach our TERM target and commitments under Climate Change.

The Seminar was delivered by visiting professionals from the Fiji Institute of Engineer’s President Mr. Warren Yee and an Architect Mr. Conway Begg. The two were currently in Tonga working at the Catholic Monastery in Faheva. It is certainly astonishing to note that the Monastery is working towards lowering its energy bills or operational costs through engaging these two experts right from the start. These are lessons and practices that we should all learn from according to Mr. Yee.

It was certainly a privilege to note the importance of having updated building codes and standards in Tonga. The orientation of the buildings as covered by Mr. Begg highlighted the importance of having the right building orientation can significantly reduce your electricity bills as it would lessen the amount of electricity to light and cool our buildings. On the other hand, Mr. Yee covered the use of employing new efficient appliances and technologies such as Light emitting diodes (LEDs) to light up large spaces and also the various effective means of cooling those spaces. According to Ms. Laumanu one of the Seminar attendees that it was an exciting Seminar as the two were practitioners in the field and covered examples that are employed and consistent in the Pacific region. The Seminar was organized targeting the Tourism Industry and other higher energy consuming entities in the Kingdom.


Issued by the: Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

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