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Tunisia: Wide-Ranging Energy Saving Program Launched.

Summary: Tunis -- A long journey starts with one small step, the saying goes.

Thanks to an ambitious four year plan (2008-2011), Tunisia aims at reducing energy consumption by 3% each year, as well as reducing the demand for energy by 20% by 2011.

The news was announced during a press conference in Tunis on Monday by the director of the energy saving program at the National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME), Mr Mounir Bahri.

Mr Bahri also said that the month of April (April 6-May 6) will be proclaimed energy saving Month. Sensitization spots will be shown and concomitantly the Month of the energy saving lamp will also be organized during the same period with the aim of encouraging the sale of 350,000 energy thrifty lamps nationwide.

In addition to these initiatives, a conference will be organized in April on the use of wind energy and the Grand Prize of the President of the Republic for energy saving will be handed out during an official ceremony on April 8.

The organization of the second edition of "A bicycle for all" will also be organized on April 19, at the "Berges du Lac" in Tunis.

Following the press conference, prizes were given to the best press articles on energy saving in Arabic and French. Two French language publications, namely "L'Expert" and "Le Renouveau" were handed prizes for the best articles written on energy saving and the Arabic language newspapers, "El Anwar" and "Echaab" were also respectively attributed first and second prize.

The ANME was established in 1985, under the aegis of the Ministry of industry energy and small and medium enterprises. Its aim is to implement state policy in the field of energy conservation and to promote the use of renewable energies in the country.

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Date:Apr 10, 2009
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