Move to lift energy efficiency in Cambodia
A national energy efficiency policy is currently in development, officials told the Post last week. Experts at the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy (MIME) and the multi-donor fund EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) are in discussions about details of the policy, which they plan to publish in May. … “Cambodia’s total energy consumption is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.2 per cent for the period 2009 to 2035. The industrial sector is expected to have the highest growth followed by residential/commercial sectors,” the document said, emphasizing the importance of adequate political and regulatory frameworks. “The national projected energy consumption annual growth rate can be reduced down to 4.3 per cent, representing an overall reduction of future energy demand of 20 per cent by 2035, compared to the ‘business as usual’ projections,” the EUEI PDF document continued. … The project team is now working on the definition of the strategic objectives of the Energy Efficiency Policy and the development of a detailed Action Plan. The final draft policy, strategy and action plan will be presented at a workshop in Phnom Penh in early May.