Guyana imported 13.42% more oil in 2012 compared to 2011 and the transport sector accounted for the single largest amount of 38%.
According to a statement from the Guyana Energy Agency, Guyana imported 4.9 million barrels of petroleum-based products in 2012 (the equivalent of 13,320 barrels per day), which translates into 13.42% more than 2011. The imports consisted of diesel, fuel oil, gasoline, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas.
The GEA said that a recent analysis of sector consumption revealed that the transport sector accounted for the largest share of petroleum imports.
It cited the growing vehicle fleet in the country.
Energy conservation messages seldom target the transport sector, the GEA said, and more specifically those who own and operate motor vehicles.
That the transport sector accounts for the largest share of imported petroleum is an indication that energy conservation must include this sector, the GEA said.
Dr Mahender Sharma, CEO of the Guyana Energy Agency, in a comment on the issue posited that “…the rational and efficient use of energy requires behavioural changes to avoid unnecessary energy consumption.”
The GEA release issued the following tips among others:
Ø Use a bicycle or walk (when appropriate) to reduce energy cost. Cycling or walking is best during heavy traffic and helps you stay fit and healthy.
Ø Try to maintain a constant rate especially when driving long distances. Excessive acceleration and braking waste fuel.
Ø Consider buying a smaller more fuel efficient vehicle. By consuming less fuel it will help the environment.
Ø Open the windows on hot days to cool the vehicle before turning on the air conditioner.
Ø Do not force your vehicle to speed on lower gear. Drive at the highest appropriate gear.
Ø Avoid traffic jam routes. Stop and go traffic takes a toll on your gas. If a traffic jam route is inevitable, make an effort to leave home early before the jam starts.
Ø Ensure the petrol tank cap is properly fitted. A worn or ill fitted cap will cause fuel to splash out or evaporate.
Ø Ensure that oil levels are correct. This includes engine, gearbox and rear axle oil.
By making the extra effort to maximize fuel efficiency you will not only save fuel and money but help to reduce Green House Gas Emissions that cause Global Climate Change!