UNIDO Helps Iran to Double Energy Efficiency
The Industrial Officer of United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO), Rana Ghoneim while presenting an elaborated report on energy efficiency, explained about the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) program in UNIDO. She also emphasized on the role of energy consumption management for enhancing energy efficiency in industrial units.
In the third United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Energy Seminar entitled with “the Role of Training and Behavior Changing in Energy Efficiency” which was held on July 27 of year 2016 in Tabriz, Rana Ghoneim, the Industrial Officer of UNIDO, while presenting an elaborated report on energy efficiency, explained about the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) program in UNIDO. She also emphasized on the role of energy consumption management for enhancing energy efficiency in industrial units.
Ghoneim expressed that for reducing greenhouse gases, we need to improve energy efficiency in industry and added that industry managers find production more important than energy efficiency while by decreasing energy consumption, production costs will reduce accordingly. She noted that investing on energy efficiency projects will remain a great impact on production costs in the long-term and continued that energy efficiency in industrial plants leads to overall efficiency in production.
Referring the similar experience implemented in Egypt, Ghoneim noted that subsidies in the Egyptian energy sector are ten times those distributed for healthcare. In general, governments which operate in similar social and political conditions commonly pay special attention to energy security and keeping fuel costs low while they should instead pursue reductions in fuel consumption and improvement in efficiency.
Ghoneim continued with a comparison of two casting firms in Russia and Germany and expressed that even though labor costs and energy costs in Russia are 90% and 40% respectively cheaper than Germany but the cost of final products in Russia is only 4% cheaper than that in Germany. “Our investigations showed that energy management and optimization could result in 36% reduction in final product costs in the Russian firms”, she said.
Later in the address, Ghoneim announced that UNIDO’s ultimate objective is a twofold increase in energy efficiency by 2030. According to Ghoneim, UNIDO policies are to support governments through awareness raising and for this respect some programs are implementing in UNIDO for achieving such goal. “At present, 37% of natural gas, 40% of electricity, and 77% of coal are used by global industry annually. These rates ought to decrease by 2030, according to one scenario. Today more than a billion people have no access to clean energy and we are pursuing efficiency in the energy sector with efforts toward reform”, she noted.
Industrial manager of UNIDO declared that such policies are being presently pursued in 30 countries including Iran, Malaysia, and Armenia and stated that 20 billion dollars have been allocated for these efforts, which are now moving into the implementation phase with states participation.
The Third Energy Seminar entitled with “the Role of Training and Behavior Changing in Energy Efficiency” was held on July 27 of year 2016 in Tabriz. Many participants including top managers and energy experts and energy consultants from provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbajan, and Zanjan as well as representatives from the Office of Industrial Assets, Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Trade, and the East Azerbaijan General Office of Industry, Mines, and Trade had attended in this seminar.