Successful policies are those that are created on the basis of data. Macedonian strategic documents are a great example of this. The good cooperation of state institutions with the scientific sector gives us clear guidelines for steps towards development without climate change and a polluted environment. On May 27, 2020, a working meeting (webinar) was held to discuss the role of industry in the context of climate change and local pollution. It was followed by industry officials as well as relevant ministries. 35% of them were men and 65% women.
Dr. Aleksandar Dedinec, a research associate at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, presented a set of specific measures and policies that will reduce the intensity of energy consumption in the country's industrial facilities and thus greenhouse gas emissions.
He stressed that the Macedonian industry participates with 10% in GDP, covers 30% of employees in Macedonia but is energy intensive. consumes a lot of energy (about 22% of final energy consumption). Consequently, greenhouse gas emissions are significant at 27% in 2018. Reducing energy consumption will reduce the price of the product and thus increase market competitiveness.
The main goal of the measures and policies proposed for discussion is to enable growth of industrial production during reduced energy consumption, which will enable reduction of both greenhouse gases and local emissions from this sector. The potential for mitigation of climate change in implementation is determined not only by each individual measure but also by all measures together, which enables reduction of energy consumption by the Industry sector by 24% in 2040, compared to the scenario without measures.
Final energy consumption by industry branch
The discussion with the participants confirmed that the proposed measures have been successfully identified, and the introduction of the ISO 50001 standard (where possible) or the implementation of regular energy control have been recognized as particularly effective measures. Additionally, the present participants confirmed and informed about the existence of complementary activities, support and initiatives related to the implementation of the standard and the positive results of the measures applied so far. And with that, potential new collaborations were initiated and development of opportunities for reducing the negative impact on the environment that this industry has.
Industry Study - Analysis of Measures and Policies (STUIND) is prepared within the project "Fourth National Plan and Third Two-Year Climate Change Report" implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning with technical and financial support of UNDP and GEF. It was presented by Dr. Aleksandar Dedinec, research associate at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
You can watch the video from the webinar on this link https://youtu.be/Tp8UpRgOm14