The overall objective of this project remains to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by identifying and implementing energy efficiency (EE) improvements as an integral part of Cleaner Production (CP) assessments in industrial enterprises. The project operates in the six countries of China, Vietnam, India, Hungary, The Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The project helped participating National Cleaner Production Centres integrate energy efficiency concepts into CP approaches and include energy efficiency activities as a comprehensive part of their core programmes. National NCPC offices are very well positioned to promote energy efficiency in industrial settings. The experience gained from this project is now being shared with other NCPCs operating within the larger UNEP/UNIDO network of cleaner production centres. As part of this joint effort, UNEP is responsible for providing strategic environmental expertise in training and information to NCPCs.
The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions was done by improving energy management practices and identifying investments in small and medium enterprises.
Some direct outcomes from the project are:
- An estimated reduction of 225,000 tons of CO2 based on the experience of the six NCPCs participating in the project;
- A numberof Energy Audits conducted by each of the six participating Centres (a total of 87 audits);
- UNEP/UNIDO CP-EE Manual that are specifically integrated with the CP and EMS materials already being used by National Cleaner Production Centres;
- Trained personnel in the six NCPCs capable of conducting an energy audit, either as stand alone activity or as part of CP-EMS audit.