10 Women in Energy Plan: Enabling Empowerment

Dar es Salaam. As the implementation of the first Tanzania’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan takes course, ten young women have been sponsored to pursue Master of Engineering in Sustainable Energy Engineering studies at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT).

The sponsorship came with the inauguration of the new modern energy efficiency laboratory at the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organisation (Tirdo), which will be used for practical teaching and providing energy auditing services in industries, commercial buildings, and households.

The Energy Efficiency Action Plan is a four-year $9 million-dollar project that is implemented by lead partners Ministry of Energy and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

According to the Plan objectives in the period of implementation (2020-2024), it aims to develop professional qualifications and skills in Energy Management and Energy Audit, with particular attention to women.

A key component of the action is building national capacities on energy management and audit, whereby best energy management practices can be implemented and significant benefits such as energy savings, cost savings, and carbon emissions reduction be realized.

Speaking over the weekend on the scholarships DIT’s Principal Prof Preksedis Ndomba said the successful applicants were selected based on their academic merit, leadership potential, and commitment to energy efficiency.

“The scholarship recipients will begin their studies at DIT in October 2023. The programme will provide them with extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in sustainable energy engineering,” he said.

Director of Human Resource, Administration, and Management at the Ministry of Energy Ms Bahati Mtono said on regard to the laboratory will be used to train in the field of energy efficiency and to provide energy auditing services to Tanzanian businesses and organizations.

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“The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies, including energy monitoring and analysis systems, energy modeling software, and energy efficiency testing equipment,” she said.

The Head of Natural Resources at the European Union’s Delegation to Tanzania, Mr Lamine Diallo, said that the EU is proud to support Tanzania’s efforts to promote energy efficiency and its transition to a clean and sustainable energy future.

“This project is an important step in this direction, and we are proud to support the scholarship programme and the inauguration of this new energy efficiency laboratory,” he said.

UNDP deputy resident representative Mr Sergio Valdini said, “At UNDP, we saw first-hand the expertise of these professionals through initiatives like the pilot energy audit and management programme at PSSSF, Aga Khan Hospital, and Silafrica Ltd,”

“This strategic approach has transformed our energy expenses and realized significant savings, setting an example for other partners to undertake similar ventures,” said Mr Valdini.