May 29, 2008
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) dispatched a team of experts to Sri Lanka on 20th May 2008 to initiate and commence a three (03) year technical cooperation project from May 2008 to March 2011 on “Project for Promoting Energy Efficiency Improvements (EEI)” in Sri Lanka and to establish and enhance the infrastructures necessary for materializing EE activities within the country.
The JICA team was dispatched in connection with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between JICA and Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) of the Ministry of Power & Energy and the respective Authorities concerned of the Government of Sri Lanka on February 11th of 2008 with the intention of achieving high efficiency in energy consumption in the identified fields.
Within the projected period the project aims to improve the essential infrastructures such as rules and regulations, human resources, equipment and materials required for the successful implementation of the proposed SEA act, introduce incentive and disincentive macahnisms, and create mass consciousness among general public, private and government sectors on EEI activities as its key objectives.
Under the proposed activities it is to further develop a 10 year EEI program, develop and update energy consumption benchmarks for the selected industries, introduce accreditation systems for energy auditors, managers and Energy Service Companies(ESCo), introduce energy consumption labeling for major electrical appliances as Compact Florescent Lamps(CFL), ballast and fans, expand instrument bank of SEA for energy auditing, conduct awareness creation campaigns and develop and improve financial schemes for EE investments in the country.
JICA intends to further dispatch a team of experts in July 2008 to perform the aforementioned activities and to conduct a Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting with the representation of all stakeholders including the participation of the energy intensive local industries and private sector to further discuss and improve the project contents.