Zimbabwe is struggling with the adverse effects of climate change on the country’swater supply, while at the same time the energy supply often cannot meet the industry’s demand creating a strain on the power grid. Previous studies that indicated a high resource efficiency improvement potential in key industries in the country have triggered policy initiatives, however these could not be implemented successfully due to a number of barriers. To mitigate these challenges the Government of Zimbabwe approached the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) for Technical Assistance. The request to the included support for technical guidance to carry out energy and water efficiency audits in ten selected companies, guidance on the implementation on ISO 50001 Energy Management System, and awareness raising of the importance of resource efficiency for business. To address these challenges the CTCN developed this response plan that will produce the below outputs within a nine-month implementation period. The overarching aim being to create showcase examples of successful resource efficiency improvements that are replicable by local technical staff to benefit industries nationwide.
- Identification and selection of ten pilot companies for energy and water efficiency audits
- Energy and water efficiency audits in the ten selected pilot companies
- Analysis of renewable energy supply side opportunities for each pilot company and development of recommendations
- Awareness raising of the benefits of resource efficiency from a sustainable business perspective and hands-on training of technical staff to identify and implement resource efficiency process and technology improvement opportunities
- Development and sharing of guiding material and communication of recommendations to key stakeholders