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United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNIDO and the GEF 

image001image002The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO  ) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and  accelerate  Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in developing countries and economies in transition.  UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in Sustainable Development Goal 9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. UNIDO’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities: creating shared prosperity; advancing economic competitiveness; and safeguarding the environment.  Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, one of which is the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) programme.  The UNIDO IEE Programme works with counterparts and stakeholders of developing and emerging economies to enhance competitiveness of industry by increasing its energy efficiency and productivity; and to reduce carbon footprint of industry by promoting efficient and low carbon energy technologies and practices.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF ) is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues. The GEF serves as financial mechanism for the following international conventions: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Minamata Convention on Mercury. The GEF, although not linked formally to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP), supports implementation of the Protocol in countries with economies in transition.  As financial mechanism of the UNFCCC the GEF provides grant funding for the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon projects that can avoid or reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) responsible for Climate Change. Since 1991, the GEF has provided new and additional grants and concessional funding to cover the "incremental" or additional costs associated with transforming a project with national benefits into one with global environmental benefits.

During the biennium 2008-2009 UNIDO and the GEF came together to work with the Ministry of Environment and the Government of the Republic of Moldova in developing the project "Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Improved Energy Efficiency in the Industrial Sector in Moldova ".  During the implementation phase (2010-2015) the Project contributed to mitigate many of the existing barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) in Moldova by delivering measurable results and making an impact on how Moldovan industry manage and uses energy. The Project pursued an integrated approach that would combine substantial capacity building with technical assistance interventions at the policy, market, companies and EE projects level. Primary target beneficiary groups of the Project were manufacturing enterprises, energy efficiency professionals and service providers, energy efficiency policy-making and implementation institutions.

The project has sought to address:

  • Inadequacy of existing policies, institutions and regulatory framework to effectively promote and support industrial energy efficiency and lack of technical expertise, resources and programs that lay behind it. 
  • Insufficient technical capacity within enterprises and in the market to identify, develop and implement industrial energy efficiency projects and continually improve energy performance. 
  • Lack of funds for the development and preparation of IEE projects and the lack of available national IEE best practices to support awareness raising and IEE promotion initiative.

The Project has focused on the promotion and support of industry cross-cutting technology solutions  such as the implementation of Energy Management  Systems (EnMS) and standards, i.e. ISO 50000 series,  and Steam Systems Optimization (SSO), complemented with substantial work to support the pilot implementation of process specific low carbon technologies that use energy more efficiently and productively.

 The Project has worked with the Moldova Agency for Energy Efficiency (MAEE) to build knowledge and strengthen the institution technical capacity for industrial energy efficiency in order to develop and help establish policy, programs and regulatory instruments needed to support sustainable progression of Moldova industry towards international best energy performance and to stimulate the creation of a market for industrial energy efficiency  products and services.

Project outputs and results achieved include:

  • Support to the development of AEE monitoring framework for energy consumption and performance of Moldova industry;
  • Transfer to the MAEE of energy efficiency benchmarking methodology for industry and piloting in Moldova dairy sector;
  • Adoption of the international standard ISO 50001:2011 as Moldova national standard SM ISO 50001:2012
  • National dissemination of information about EnMS and IEE Best Practices;
  • Recognition program for Moldovan EE Industry Champions;
  • Support to the development and implementation of the MAEE Energy Audit Program;
  • Training and qualification of more than 30 Moldovan energy efficiency consultants and professionals as Energy Management System Experts (EnMS) and Steam Systems Optimization Experts (SSO);
  • Training on EnMS and SSO of more than 200 professionals coming from Moldova enterprises, municipalities and market service providers
  • Implementation of EnMS in line with ISO 50001 supported in more than 10 companies;
  • Development and publication of implementation supporting guides and tools for EnMS and SSO;
  • Development and implementation of SSO projects and other selected pilot energy efficiency projects.

Further resources :

         Web LINKS :                                                         
 UNIDO EnMS_experts.pdf experts from Moldova;
 UNIDO SSO_experts.pdf  experts from Moldova.
               UNIDO and GEF Coordinators                                                    
Vasile Scorpan
#156а,  Mitropolit Dosoftei St., off. 37, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Marco Matteini
Industrial Energy Efficiency Unit ,UNIDO
Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 300A-1400 Vienna, Austria