Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka
Title: Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka II
Commissioned by: Federal Foreign Office
Country: Sri Lanka
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy
Overall term: 2017 to 2018
Despite optimal conditions for renewable energy and its role in power generation, Sri Lanka continues to cover more than half of its energy needs with fossil fuels. The country is aiming to reduce its dependence on oil and coal in the medium term.
This is to be achieved by making the transition to renewable energies and by delivering improved energy efficiency. In 2016, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power began implementing a nationwide programme to expand solar energy. By the year 2025, one million households will be equipped with photovoltaic systems that will feed an additional 1,000 megawatts into the grid.
However, a lack of public access to easy-to-understand information regarding alternative energy sources and a more conscious use of electricity represents a key challenge.
The public is becoming increasingly sensitised to a more conscious use of energy, has wider access to information on renewable energy and follows practical guidelines on increasing energy efficiency.
The project consists of two components:
- Media campaign
By utilising a nationwide media campaign, the project is able to sensitise the wider public in Sri Lanka with the help of social media (Facebook, Twitter), TV and cinema regarding renewable energies and energy efficiency. The campaign also uses animation videos, among other formats. The aim is to provide households with easy-to-understand, hands-on guidelines covering the efficient use of energy, and to convey success stories from the energy transition taking place in Germany.
In addition, train-the-trainer workshops are being held in schools across all nine provinces of Sri Lanka, in order to build a network of ‘energy ambassadors’ who independently conduct further awareness training at each school.
- Ideas competition
The nationwide competition is based on the media campaign. It invites municipalities, civil society, the private sector, public administration institutions and schools to submit ideas for projects on energy efficiency and renewable energies.
The five most promising proposals will then be invited to a workshop. This gives participants the opportunity to network and to review the project ideas under professional guidance. A jury consisting of the German Embassy, Sri Lankan energy authorities and experts, and GIZ will select the three best-placed ideas. These will then receive financial and technical support from the project in order to implement their proposals and, as innovative energy pioneers, to serve as a model for further projects to be made a reality throughout the country.
The first green energy champion, Ananda College, was equipped with a photovoltaic system, and also introduced a waste separation system that increased existing composting capacity. More than 7,000 children, adolescents and teachers have been trained to save energy.
To date, the project’s media campaign has reached over four million users. The Facebook page now has over 25,000 followers, and functions as a platform for sharing information on energy-related topics. The project website provides easy-to-understand guidelines on energy efficiency in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. Eight animated videos have been screened across the country to motivate the public to save electricity in their homes.
The winner of the Green Energy Champion 2017 competition was the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA). Diyagala Boys Town took second place together with the State Ministry of Science, Technology and Research Sri Lanka. Third place went to the Municipal Council Batticaloa. The prize was worth 14 million Sri Lanka Rupees (around EUR 81,000). 80 applications were submitted by private households, municipalities, universities, authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises from all over the country.
Together with the non-profit organisation Janathakshan (Pvt) Ltd., the project implemented train-the-trainer workshops at selected schools in all nine provinces, in order to raise awareness of energy conservation, renewable energy use and waste management among schoolchildren. In total, the project has succeeded in reaching roughly 1,300 children and adolescents to date.