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Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Date:  5/15/2012 
Promoting Energy Security
67. The Government of The Bahamas established the National Energy Policy Committee (NEPC) in 2008, consisting of both public and private sector stakeholders to achieve the desired multi-stakeholder approach to addressing the Country’s need for energy.
68. To date the NEPC has produced two reports in efforts to finalise the National Energy Action Plan which will focus on the development and implementation of sustainable energy opportunities. The first report produced in 2008 proposed: redesigning low cost housing units to be more energy and water efficient; reducing public sector energy usage by 15%; developing indicators to monitor the economic impact of national energy expenditures; designing and implementing a nationwide education program on energy and water conservation; assessing use of Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for public buildings; and, review regulatory frameworks on energy security for The Bahamas.
69. The Bahamas has also implemented several initiatives which have led to the reduction of customs duties on energy efficient equipment and appliances; fuel efficient vehicles; and, renewable energy systems. The Plan proposes steps such as further reductions in customs duties to encourage the purchase of energy efficient building materials.
70. The Government of The Bahamas launched, in April 2011, its National Programme to promote sustainable energy and energy conservation, not only in local business, but also in Bahamian households via compact fluorescent light bulbs, solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems.
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