About 500 actors made up of local elected representatives, State officials, technical services, civil society organisations, etc., will be able to on the issues of climate and energy, said the Mayor of the city of Pikine, Abdoulaye Thimbo in training of trainers workshop on renewable energies and energy efficiency.
This empowerment is part of the implementation of the project: "inter-communal planning sensitive to climate change and energy" (picep) and in parallel with the process of developing the climate-energy plan.
"From this perspective, we wanted to start the capacity-building sessions with local elected representatives, in particular with regard to their competence and the important role they are called to play in the design, programming and implementation of actions for climate and sustainable energy in accordance with the sustainable development goals (Sdgs), in particular SDG 7 (clean and affordable energy) and SDG 13 (measures to combat climate change), he explained .
Aware of the challenges and stakes of sustainable energy and energy efficiency at both the national and local levels, the theme of this session "renewable energies and energy efficiency", Mr. Thimbo said that at the national level, the development of the renewable energy action plan (Paner) and the energy efficiency policy (PEEC), in accordance with the guidelines of the economic community of West African States (ECOWAS), show the State's interest in this Question.
Senegal's ambition for the development of renewable energies does not date from today, according to the local elected representative who recalled, for this purpose, that from 1980, by Decree No. 80 – 402 of 28 April 1980, the Centre for studies and research on renewable energies ( Cerer) was created.
"In less than a year, Senegal inaugurated three solar power plants, the most recent of which, put into service in June in Sinthiou-Mékhé, (region of Thiès) has an installed capacity of 30 MW. It is currently one of the most important in activity in West Africa, after that of Zagtouli in Ouagadougou (33 MW), he stressed, adding that at the local level, within the framework of the programme for the development of renewable energies and energy efficiency of economic and Monetary Union (PRODERE), 1835 autonomous solar photovoltaic lamps have already been laid in twelve (12) communes of Pikine and Guédiawaye and six regional capitals.
The Picep project in its component 3 "partial solar energy empowerment of public facilities with high human concentration" provides, as a pilot, the installation of mini-solar power plants in the Lyceum of Thiaroye and Seydina Limamoulaye. Through this component, which we intend to extend to other facilities within municipal jurisdiction over the extent of the territory, we aim to establish a significant share of sustainable energies in the total energy consumption of the City.
However, local initiatives in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency remain too shy, despite the potential gains for our territorial communities. The lack of information and training of the main actors can be one of the causes.
"For this reason, I am hopeful that this training session with the various modules to be presented by the experts will bring about a paradigm shift and allow the elect to move towards the development of renewable energies and the adoption of energy efficiency measures at local level, "wished the Mayor of Pikine.
Under the dual effect of economic growth and the exponential increase in urban demography, the energy needs of already large cities are growing. Greenhouse gas emissions from these fuels to meet rising energy demand have reached record peaks.
The involvement of local governments in addressing energy issues (economic, social and environmental) is now a necessity.