Module 1 of the UNIDO-developed and certified EnMS Expert Training

February 6, 2020 | By Milena Manova Ilikj

REC CO Macedonia, supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and as part of the ongoing GEF-funded project “Catalyzing market transformation for industrial energy efficiency and accelerate investments in best available practices and technologies” carried out a four-day training outlining the PLANNING stage of the process of implementing an Energy Management System (EnMS) , which is Module 1 of the UNIDO-developed and certified EnMS Expert Training. The training took place on 4-7 February, at the premises of the urban community building “Peco Bozinovski – Koco” of Municipality of Karpos. The training was held for the benefit of participants from the Energy Agency, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, Balkan Energy Group (BEG), EVN and others.

The scope of this 4 day Expert Training encompasses the first module of the three expert modules – PLANNING, which is the most important portion of the EnMS training. This module elaborates on the core of the UNIDO methodology: energy consumption data gathering, significant energy users, regression analyses, models, lists of potential savings measures and defining the scope of energy savings. This training contributes towards raising national awareness of the benefits of Energy Management Systems in industry.

By using the time-tested approach of "plan-do-check-act" integrated in globally recognized standards for quality and environmental management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the Energy Management System standard follows the principle of planned and continuous improvement. The standard for Energy Management provides an integration of energy efficiency and system optimization in the day-to-day operation of industrial plants, as well as continuous improvement of energy performances.

The standard for Energy Management connects at a high level the business logic of Energy Management and the basic profit interests of the companies through the decrease of daily operational costs, increased productivity, environmental compliance and responsibility, as well as improved global competitiveness.

The UNIDO-modified implementation of energy management systems is a proven and effective tool for achieving sustainable improvements in industrial energy efficiency. The systematic, management-based approach favored by UNIDO also addresses the issue of the declining efficiencies in optimized systems as employees leave and production processes are expanded.

UNIDO qualified EnMS experts, Mr. Mirko Ristevski, grad. el. eng. and ass. prof. d-r Ana Lazarevska, grad. mech. Eng moderated the training.