When we talk about energy in Mauritius, people rush in to invest in expensive renewable technologies such as photovoltaic systems. However, not much thought is given on what is driving the energy demand. The EEMO and CEB have been raising awareness about energy conservation and energy management for years. Unfortunately the campaigns carried out do not appear to make a lasting impact in the minds of people. Energy management should not be the responsibility of only one Ministry or one organisation. Instead a more multidisciplinary approach needs to be adopted.
1. The EEMO should reinforce its resources to review and improve the way sensitisation campaigns are being carried out These awareness campaigns should aim at giving the general public a basic understanding of basic energy concepts such as kW and kWh.
2. The Ministry of Education could include the topic of energy management and conservation at upper primary and lower secondary level. By the time a student finishes Grade 9, the latter should be able to understand the electrical tariff system of Mauritius, calculate how much energy household items (washing machines, TV, phone, tablets, …) consume and be aware of how their lifestyle choices affect their demand for energy.
Having an educated population who understand the basics of energy management will lead to the population making more informed decisions and not be easily swayed by greenwashing marketing strategies.