Energy efficiency: Aprue’s recipe for reducing the impact of energy-intensive sectors

The National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalization of Energy Use (APR) has achieved “encouraging results” in the projects it launched during the first half of 2022 with the aim of controlling energy, according to a statement issued by the agency.

April, which implemented, on behalf of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, the Multi-Year National Energy Management Program (PNME), during the first half of 2022, identified a set of projects in favor of energy control, the press release, qualifying the first results with “encouraging” .

The projects launched by Aprue are part of a dynamic that supports the development of an energy-efficient economy, particularly in energy-intensive sectors such as construction, transportation and industry, while maintaining competitiveness and developing the industrial sector. Thus, for the transport sector, a phased approach specific to the Algerian context was adopted. It consists, in an intermediate stage, of encouraging substitution between energy, such as the use of less polluting and available fuels, such as LPG, according to the same text.

To this end, it was announced, during the first months of 2022, that April, under the PNME, had already enabled the conversion of 41,200 thermal (gasoline) vehicles to LPG out of a planned 50,000, in the workshops of 549 installers. They are chosen by the agency after an invitation to express the national interest. The statement explained that these installers are distributed over 52 states, providing 1,700 direct job opportunities, adding that the state bears 50% of the installation costs, and the total aid allocated to operation is 1.75 billion dinars. . A second project with a capacity of 100,000 conversions has already been launched and must be completed by the end of 2022, through 573 installers and with an aid amount of 2.8 billion dinars, the same source indicates, pointing out that these transfers will save 225 million liters of gasoline. annually and avoid direct emissions of more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Energy Effects

Parallel to energy substitution, PNME integrates the promotion and development of clean and sustainable transportation, Aprue states. Thus, the agency conducted a detailed preliminary study on the impact of electric transport on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

This study made it possible to make an inventory of electric transport (individual and collective) in the world and Algeria, to highlight the impacts of energy and the environment, as well as the prospects for the development of electric mobility in Algeria, the press release notes, adding that the first PNME projects to promote electric mobility are scheduled to start from 2023.

For the construction sector, the PNME 2022 project aimed to develop thermal insulation of existing dwellings, promote the use of solar water heaters and popularize efficient indoor and outdoor lighting (general lighting).

To this end, we note in the text itself, during the first half of 2022, Aprue implemented several implementation agreements, signed between the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies and the concerned and interested sectors. Ongoing commitments relate to the installation of 25,350 effective public lighting units in the wilayats of Ain Saleh, Batna, Bouira, and Al-Mughayyir, the installation of 120 solar water heaters in the wilayats of Batna and Bouira and another 880 in mosques and Quranic schools. , on behalf of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, as well as the launch of thermal insulation of 1,000 existing homes, for interested and qualified persons, specify your-.

For these projects, Aprue has pre-selected in solar water heater installation and thermal insulation. In addition, Aprue has launched a call for bids for the acquisition of 3 million standard LED indoor lighting fixtures, from national manufacturers, to be made available to individuals, with a contribution from the state. Up to 50% off the sale price, the press release informs.

In addition, several energy audits, for “standard” infrastructures, have been carried out by Aprue with certain sectors, such as health (hospitals) and religious affairs (mosques), in order to assess potential national energy savings.

For the industry sector, Aprue has created two technical, methodological and financial systems dedicated to industrialists: decision support and investment support, according to the press release.
In any case, a detailed national report on final energy consumption, both nationally and by sector of activity, and an analysis of the trend of energy efficiency indicators in April will soon be published.

It should be noted that Algeria, which is betting on the huge potential of energy efficiency, aims to reduce its final energy consumption by at least 10% by 2030, compared to the reference year 2020.

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