Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New UNIDO report highlights importance of industrial energy efficiency for sustainable development

ABU DHABI, 17 January 2012 – Industrial energy efficiency is key to sustainable industrial development, especially in developing countries, according to a flagship publication of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

UNIDO’s Industrial Development Report, launched today at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, urges investment in energy-efficient technologies in order to provide the economic, environmental and social dividends that will help achieve sustainable growth.

The publication, entitled “Industrial energy efficiency for sustainable wealth creation: capturing environmental, economic and social dividends”, stresses that sustainable energy production is essential to overcome the major challenges the world faces today.

Presenting the report, UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, said: “A world that has just reached a population of seven billion must take into account industrial energy efficiency if it wants to address such challenges as green growth, employment generation, security, climate change, food production and poverty reduction. Industrial energy efficiency is essential for strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems and achieving social benefits.”

“Improving industrial energy efficiency is key to sustainable industrial development worldwide but especially in the rapidly developing countries of the Global South. It will help realize the global green economy and green industries. Investing in energy-efficient technologies, systems, processes, training and upgrading of skills must underpin low-carbon green growth,” added Yumkella.

The UNIDO report states that energy consumption could grow even faster as developing countries reduce the income gap and grapple with growing populations demanding more manufactured products. This makes it imperative to remove barriers that currently impede energy efficiency investments.

Yumkella also said that the new report was UNIDO’s main contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The initiative aims to achieve by 2030 three inter-linked global targets: universal access to modern energy services; the doubling of energy efficiency; and the doubling of the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy supply.

Secretary-General Ban has appointed a high-level group for the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The Group includes distinguished global leaders in business, finance, Governments, and civil society, and is co-chaired by UNIDO Director-General Yumkella and the Chairman of Bank of America, Charles O. Holliday. 

The Industrial Development Report has a special focus on developing countries, backed by a set of unique statistics on Manufacturing Value Added (MVA), manufacturing export trends, and other key indicators. It also presents UNIDO’s Competitive Industrial Performance Index.

A panel discussion followed the official launch of the report. It was moderated by the President of the United Nations Foundation, Timothy Wirth, and included the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC) and Director-General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Rajendra Pachauri; Mexico’s Secretary of State for Energy, Jordy Herrera; the Global Head of Building Automation Solutions, Senior Vice President Siemens Switzerland, Sascha Brozek;  the Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation Secretariat, Amit Bando; and UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

The report is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic here:

Background documents are available for download here:

UNIDO’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Policy (IEEP) Database http://ieep.unido.org/ offers access to information on policy measures that have been implemented or planned to improve energy efficiency at national, regional or global level.

For more information on the Industrial Development Report, please contact:

Ludovico Alcorta
Director, UNIDO Research and Statistics Branch
Telephone : +43- 1-26026-3729 or 26060-3719

For more information on UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Tel. +43-1-26026-5021
Mobile +43-699-1459-7329

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