Speaking at a Renewable Energy Breakfast Dialogue Meeting yesterday, secretary for Energy and Power Development Patterson Mbiriri said the ministry had a target of pushing ethanol blending to E20 by 2018, having increased from E5, E10 and E15, the most recent threshold.
In the biodiesel sector the expected target will be from 2020 onwards. Zimbabwe is also considering the use of diesel 50 in place of diesel 500 in the near future.
“The Ministry of Energy and Power Development alone cannot shoulder the immense requirements necessary to ensure that the security of energy supply is guaranteed. There is need for us to work together as a team hence the Nexus Ministries initiative comes into play.
“Expected outcome of this projects include promotion of clean fuels, enhancing the environment and increase in agricultural activities, this can only be achieved from the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate among others,” he said.
Currently, the country has running renewable energy projects, which are mainly driven on solar, hydro power and biomass with potential in wind and geothermal sources.
Renewable energy technologies are recognized as alternative energy supply options as well as key resources for addressing universal energy access, energy security and climate change.
The ministry expects state utilities, parastatals, local authorities and other Government agencies to embrace new developments in the clean energy industry.
Mr Mbiriri said the Ministry accepts and welcomes all assistance coming from the nexus Ministries provided it falls within the mandate of the Ministry as well as contributing to national development.
Some of the collaborations that the Ministry of Energy and Power Development is expecting from other line ministries include creation of business through selling renewable energy components for solar, wind, wood stove materials and biogas digesters as well as manufacturing of renewable energy technology components, training women and children in all aspects of energy and including renewable energy in the new education curriculum among others.
Mr Mbiriri said in 2013 and 2014, the ministry distributed solar mobile units and mini-grids, which came from its partners and a number of Ministries benefited from this initiative.
“Through a consultative process we are finalizing the renewable energy policy, the bio-fuels policy and the rural energy master plan, we have also commenced the development of a national integrated energy resource plan and an independent power producer framework, these policy initiatives are expected to create a conducive environment for the participation of all in the Renewable Energy sub-sector,” he added.