Statement by B Tinto on Energy Efficiency

20 November 2007

Energy efficiency and conservation is the cornerstone of the African National Congress led government energy policies. This involves the adoption of least cost planning approaches, the improvement of dwelling thermal performance, the promotion of energy- efficient appliances, the use of solar water heaters, appliance labelling, and the implementation of time-of-use electricity tariffs.

In the past few days, our government and the government of Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding which is aimed at cooperation on various areas including the promotion of energy conservation and skills and technology exchange programmes.

Further the two governments discussed the reinforcement of relations between the two countries in the field of mineral resources, energy and environmental fields with reference to the promotion of energy conservation and nuclear energy.

The African National Congress welcomes the initiative, and calls on our government to intensify efforts for environmental education to all sections of our people.

I thank you.

B Tinto
ANC Member of Parliament

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