Road maps for energy efficient modernization of the agro-food industries
According to the information of State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the capital investments in the food industry exceed investments in the metallurgical sector. In 2017, 18.9 billion UAH were invested in the agro-food sector compared to 17.8 billion in the metallurgical sector.
Experts of the UNIDO / GEF Project in cooperation with the Austrian Energy Agency developed road maps for energy efficient modernization of the agro-food industries of Ukraine that were presented on 25.07.18 at the conference hall of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Road maps are developed for eight sub-sectors of the agro-food industry, namely: livestock production, meat processing, canned food, sugar and beverage sub-sectors, oil-fat / vegetable sub-sector, milk and bakery. According to the Austrian Energy Agency, the average potential energy savings of eight sub-sectors is approximately 25%.
Oleg Radiychuk, the Expert of the UNIDO / GEF Project, stressed on the scenarios of energy consumption and expected results in this area. Additionally, he also noted the main problems of the agro-food sector in terms of energy consumption.
The National Expert on the road maps development of the UNIDO / GEF Project, Olena Tochylina outlined in detail the current situation in energy efficiency of production in the above-mentioned eight sub-sectors and provided scenarios for energy consumption by 2030. In addition, Ms. Tochylina presented important information on existing sources of financing and financial instruments that could be used for energy efficiency of enterprises.
The event was attended by representatives of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, associations of agro-food industry, business, banks and NGOs.
During the discussion, the round table participants repeatedly voiced the problem of insufficient dissemination of information on new t echnologies in the field of energy efficiency and the possibility of obtaining financing for modernization of equipment among entrepreneurs.