Project paces up to increase use of “Energy Efficient Motors at SMEs”

Jan 1, 2018

With the ever-increasing demand for energy today, transition is now mandatory to energy efficiency in all sectors. Investing in efficiency is not only critical to meet the future energy demands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in response to climate change, but also a driving force for economic growth.

In Turkey, approximately 35 percent of the total energy consumption is claimed by industry which mostly uses inefficient electric motors. The project “Promoting Energy-Efficient Motors in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey” steps up efforts to increase the use of energy-efficient motors at SMEs. Aiming to transform the market for higher energy efficiency in electric motors used at SMEs and promoting additional investments in energy efficiency in industry, the project is implemented by the Directorate-General for Productivity of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology (MoSIT) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The project aims at strengthening the legislative and regulatory framework related to both new and existing EE motors in Turkey, developing appropriate governance and information infrastructure, upgrading test laboratories at the Turkish Standards Institute (TSI), launching a sustainable financial support mechanism (FSM) and developing and implementing a comprehensive public awareness and training programme.

The project launch workshop was held in Ankara on 12 December 2017 with the participation of representatives from the private sector, civil society and public sector. The opening speeches were delivered in the workshop by Mr. Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Country Director and Mr. Anıl Yılmaz, Director-General for Productivity. Mr. Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Country Director, stated that “The five-year project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at equivalent of 3 million tonnes of CO2 directly, and 6 million tonnes of CO2 indirectly. These figures are important in that these efforts for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in in industry contribute significantly both to Turkey’s climate action, to the objective of reducing Turkish energy density as indicated in the Energy Efficiency Strategy Paper at least by 20% by 2023 compared to 2011.”

Following the presentation on the project, the workshop continued in three groups discussing Legal Framework and Legislative Enforcement Capacity, Financing Mechanisms, and Awareness Raising and Capacity Building.

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