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On 29 March, experts from around the world will discuss how to boost and scale up industrial energy efficiency in developing countries as part of an interactive thematic dialogue in Bonn, Germany.

Industry accounts for one-third of global final energy demand (IEA) and contributes up to 21% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency and emission reductions are critical to achieving the aims of Paris Climate Change Agreement and many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Emissions in the sector originate from diverse processes, including the combustion of fossil fuels for heat and power, non-energy use of fossil fuels, and numerous industrial processes. At the same time, the industrial sector offers many opportunities for reducing emissions.

The meeting is organized by the UNFCCC’s Technology Executive Committee (TEC), which deals with climate technology policy issues and recommendations. The committee will explore technology solutions to boost industrial energy efficiency in developing countries in the context of a thematic dialogue on industrial energy efficiency.

During the thematic dialogue, country practitioners will present replicable examples from industries related to power generation and the steel sector. The TEC will explore opportunities for scaling up solutions in different regions.

The TEC event builds on encouraging steps that countries are now making in this area. For example, the government of Morocco recently said that its cement producers already source about 80% of its energy from renewable energy sources. According to Mohamed Chaibi, President of the Association of Professionals in the cement industry (APC), 75% of cement production costs are related to energy. This means that energy efficiency is a matter of survival and competitiveness for the industry.

In Peru, small businesses also have much to gain through industrial energy efficiency. By measuring the impacts from a series of production component replacements, one small producer of lead in Peru estimated energy cost savings of USD 1 850 per year. The associated increase in production delivered a value of USD 16 980 per year – almost ten times higher, IEA reports.

UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee's 14th meeting

The thematic dialogue on industrial energy efficiency is part of the TEC’s 14th meeting. The TEC will meet from March 28 to 31 at the UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, to take stock of its ongoing work on different workstreams related to technology policies.

Specifically, the TEC will consider work on: adaptation technologies; climate technology financing; emerging and cross-cutting issues; innovation; mitigation technologies; south-south cooperation on climate technologies; and technology needs assessments.

Through this the TEC will identify how to strategically guide its work to ensure that it responds to country needs and delivers impactful policy recommendations to COP 23.

What is the Technology Mechanism?
The UNFCCC Technology Mechanism works to enhance climate technology action through two complementary bodies: the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The TEC, as the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism, analyses technology policy issues and provides recommendations to support countries in enhancing their climate technology efforts. It consists of 20 technology experts representing both developing and developed countries.

Virtual participants can follow the dialogue online. Watch the webcast and follow the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #climatetech.

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