Mauritius: Govt. introduces '2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator'

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government has introduced “The 2050 Pathways Carbon Calculator” which is a modeling tool, developed with the support of the British Government, that allows Mauritius to analyse how emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be reduced while still meeting energy needs.

An official from the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry told PANA on Saturday in Port-Louis that the tool explored how changes in technologies and behaviors could impact GHG emissions, energy requirements, fossil fuel imports and costs.

Presently, the energy dependence of Mauritius on imported fossil fuels stands at 85%, representing over 20% of its total import bill.

“The Government aims to increase the share of sustainable renewable energy sources by at least 35% in the total energy mix by 2025,” he said, adding that the three main sources of GHG emissions (which amount to 77% of the total) come from production of electricity, transport and manufacturing sectors.

The official explained that the Mauritius "2050 Pathways Calculator" had an interactive internet-based interface accessible to the general public. Users can explore different scenarios of GHG emissions up to 2050, based on decisions taken now or in the coming years.

“Given that by 2050 local energy demand may increase threefold, this tool will further allow us to determine the extent to which renewable energy could meet future energy demand and understand the contribution of individual behavioral change."

It would also estimate the quantity of future fossil fuel imports; identify the most feasible pathways to meet emission reduction targets; and explore scenarios to reduce emissions as we move towards the next level of economic development, he said.

He said the calculator would help Mauritius to evaluate different energy options and help establish the achievable renewable energy-mix for Mauritius.

However, the official added, the tool would not determine the impact of a carbon tax on the economy, identify the most efficient way of subsidizing solar power and calculate the impact on consumers' energy bills.
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11 july 2015 09:39:53




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