Resource rich Myanmar looks to industrial energy efficiency for sustainable growth
Before its economic liberalisation, Myanmar spent 50 years in isolation from the global market. But now, after decades in the shadows, Myanmar has begun an economic overhaul aimed at attracting foreign investment and reintegration into the global economy. This is leading to exceptional growth in the country’s primary industries which require increasing amounts of energy to maintain production. Demand for industrial energy is expected to grow by 6.1 per cent per year, in line with industrial growth which has been increasing rapidly. Even if electricity output were to double every five years, it would take five years just to meet today’s needs, let alone accommodate future electricity demand.
Industrial energy efficiency offers Myanmar one of the most cost effective and sustainable opportunities to increase the availability of electricity. Efforts to mainstream industrial energy efficiency will also greatly help Myanmar to improve the livelihoods of its people.
energy efficiency in Myanmar
One of the main objectives of Myanmar’s National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Policy, Strategy and Roadmap is to promote energy efficiency and conservation. While some improvements have been made, an action-oriented strategy for achieving industrial energy savings is still lacking. Many daunting barriers to achieving widespread energy efficient management systems and technologies remain.
Strengthening regulatory framework and industrial energy efficiency standards throughout the country is critical for Myanmar to achieve sustainable economic growth.
Advocacy and Policy Support
The adoption and promulgation of a national energy management standard (EnMS), along with supporting standards which are compatible with ISO 50001, can deliver substantial and sustainable energy savings within industry and within some entities outside industry. UNIDO and partners are working with the government to establish industrial energy efficiency institutions, qualified consultants and equipment suppliers for energy system optimization. In addition to support for financing of energy efficiency investment, UNIDO aims to expand the ISO 50001 energy management system throughout Myanmar. This holistic approach will ensure the stimulation of both the demand and supply sides of the market. Ultimately the project aims for the globally recognised ISO 50001 energy management system to be adopted as a national standard.
Know-How for Industry
To compliment its regulatory and policy support, UNIDO is aiding the implementation of energy management systems in at least 35 industrial establishments. This includes optimization projects on energy systems such as pumps, compressed air, fans and steam. These demonstration projects will serve the purpose of: 1) consolidating the skills of the trained experts; 2) showing tangible results in energy savings and greenhouse emissions reductions; and 3) awareness raising for upscaling to other factories/companies.
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