One of the mandates of the Department of Energy is to promote efficient management and conservation of energy as well as promoting the substitution of imported energy sources by indigenous energy sources. The major programmes under implementation in the lines of energy management are the following:
Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation
The Department is involved in the promotion of energy efficiency and energy conservation in industry and homes. The main purpose of the programmes is to promote the more efficient use of energy resources. Energy efficiency allows extra energy to be freed and made available for other uses without any additional investments. Energy efficient practices therefore seek to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing productivity or increasing costs.
Among the activities under this program is the raising of awareness to the public on the efficient use of energy. To this effect, the Department in liaison with key stakeholders such as ZESCO, ERB and CEC holds an annual Energy Week that is commemorated in Lusaka and Kitwe and a few other Provincial Centres.