Improving Energy Efficiency in Industry

What is the project about?

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There is a clearly a great potential in Turkey for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This project will improve the energy efficiency in Turkish industry by supporting a wide range of measures to assist industrial enterprises to undertake effective energy management in their plants and operations.

What has been the situation?

The Turkish economy can be considered energy intensive when compared with comparable economies. Although total primary energy supply (TPES) per capita in Turkey is among the lowest, 1.2 tons of oil equivalent (toe) per capita in 2005 compared to the OECD average of 4.7 (toe) per capita, the Turkish economy is comparatively more energy intensive at 0.27 tons of oil equivalent (toe) in energy to generate US$ 1,000 of GDP (in 2000 US$), compared to the OECD average of 0.18 toe/US$ 1,000 GDP . While energy intensity is substantially affected by economic and industrial structures, the fact that Turkey is 2.5 times more energy intensive than that of the EU-15 countries indicates the potential for energy efficiency improvements.

Energy consumption in Turkey has been continuously increasing with an average 4.4% annual increase since 1970 and an annual 5.7% annual increase is expected between 2006 and 2020. The total energy consumption of Turkey reached 106 million tons (Mtoe) in 2007 and is estimated to reach 222 Mtoe in 2020 . Also, the electricity consumption has been growing at a high pace with an average growth in consumption of 6.1% during 1998 – 2007.

In Turkey, industry is the largest consumer of energy with 39% of total final consumption of energy as of 2007. It is followed by the building and services sector (30%), transport (21%) and others (10%)

What is our mission?

The project will improve the energy efficiency in Turkish industry by supporting a wide range of measures to assist industrial enterprises to undertake effective energy management in their plants and operations.

How are we doing this?

The project focus will therefore be to:

1. Improve the institutional and legislative framework which will contribute in the enhanced implementation of the existing Energy Efficiency Law and the implementation of the new ISO 50001  Energy Management System (EnMS); improving the database of energy consumption data for industry, updating the current information on sectoral energy consumption and savings opportunities, harmonizing the YEGM Energy Efficiency Portal with the KOSGEB database as well as the existing database and providing enhanced communications, introducing sectoral energy consumption benchmarking, promoting energy efficient technology best practices, developing a National Energy Management System Standard, establishing “Energy Management Units” in 10 organized industrial zones, reviewing and improving existing financial mechanisms for energy efficiency and developing financial models suitable for Turkish industry;

2. Improve the capacity of Turkish industry and Energy Efficiency Consultancy (EEC) companies; raising the awareness of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), senior managers and decision makers and employees of industrial enterprises and financial institutions for energy efficiency and energy system optimization; providing sectoral training for EEC companies, updating existing energy efficiency training documents, and developing and standardizing “Energy Survey Methodologies” and “Assessment and Verification Methodologies”;

3. Implement and support Energy Survey programs for SME’s; performing 300 preliminary surveys and 150 indirect surveys for determining energy saving potentials of SME’s and industrial enterprises with model surveys and improving the survey capacity and experience of EEC companies, implementing and extending “energy management standards”;

4. Introduce the most developed energy management applications and energy efficiency approaches, trade and financing models; energy efficiency improvement projects, energy system optimization opportunities, energy efficient processes and technologies, which will be carried out to realize the savings that are determined with 65 demonstration projects in SME’s and industrial enterprises, with detailed feasibility analyses and financing models, and fostering information exchanges;

5. Monitoring, evaluation, sharing and extending information; monitoring, evaluation and impact analysis, information sharing and preparing project action plans.

How will Turkey benefit?

The project will help to improve energy efficiency in Turkish industry by encouraging industrial enterprises to create and implement effective energy management systems, utilising both energy efficiency management practices and the enhanced uptake of energy efficient technologies.


Project Overview
Focus area:
Environment and Sustainable Development
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USD 35.058.400 (Total Budget)
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UN/National executing agencies:
General Directorate of Renewable Energy
UN/National/NGO implementing partners:
UNDP and UNIDO are the implementing agencies of the Project. The other partners of the project are Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology and Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB) and Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV).
MDG 7:
Ensure environmental sustainability
Contact Details

Seracettin Yüzgülen
Project Associate
Tel: +90 312 219 79 08

       +90 312 219 79 08

Orçun Argun
Project Clerk
Tel: +90 312 219 7910

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