ZERA lobbying for removal of duty on electrical appliances
By Staff reporter | 29 Mar 2019 at 17:54hrs
LOCAL manufactures are lobbying Government to reduce the duty on importation for components of energy efficiency household electrical appliances as they want to promote the expansion of the energy industry in Zimbabwe.
The aim of energy efficiency is to reduce energy consumption without compromising productivity or increasing cost.
Speaking during the ZERA workshop held in Mutare on Tuesday, ZERA senior engineer, Mr Samuel Zaranyika said duty for importing completed energy efficiency household electrical appliances was lower compared to that of importing components.
"We are lobbying Government to reduce or remove duty for importing components which are used to manufacture energy efficiency household appliances which include light emit diode (LED) bulbs as we want to do away with lights and electrical appliances that use a lot of electricity.
"We also want to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and facilitate access to clean energy research, renewable energy and advanced cleaner fossil-fuel technology as well as promoting investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology, " said Eng Zaranyika.
He urged the public to adopt energy efficiency standards and best practices.
"ZERA also wants to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services and increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix," he said.
He indicated that Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017 bans the trade, manufacture and use of inefficient incandescent bulbs in favour of energy saving bulbs.
"We urge the public to use energy as guided by the current regulations. Retailers who will be found breaking the regulations will be prosecuted.
"These policies are there to increase accessibility and affordability of sustainable energy in all demand sectors.
"The regulations are not to ban the usage of appliances that consumers currently have. But, if approved, will prohibit the manufacture, importation and sale of inefficient appliances which do not conform to the approved rating or minimum energy performance standards in the country," he said.