Optimum energy use vital

MANAMA: The optimum and rational use of energy is of major importance to Bahrain at a time when many developed and developing countries have made progress in the area.

Finance Minister, Minister in charge of Oil and Gas Affairs and National Oil and Gas Authority chairman Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said this yesterday at a clean energy workshop on ‘Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management’ at the Arabian Gulf University.

He praised the positive developments in Bahrain following the serious approach and great attention given by authorities to energy efficiency, which constitutes an essential part of Economic Vision 2030.

“By investing in energy efficiency, Bahrain creates an income stream of savings,” he said.

“These savings make us better off over the long run, both environmentally and economically,” he added.

He pointed to projects and programmes launched in this direction, including replacing regular lighting with compact fluorescent lamps for more efficient residential lighting.

“Saving energy and cutting energy waste are smarter ways to produce, deliver and use energy,” he added.

“Many developed and developing countries have shown that large gains in energy performance can be achieved while at the same time improving quality of life and maintaining a good economic performance,” he added.

AGU chairman Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohali said the workshop was in line with the university’s strategy and plans to face development challenges in the Gulf and its efforts to support Gulf issues.

Over 60 delegates from various countries, institutions and government agencies attended.

gulf-daily-news,December 13, 2012