Zimbabwe is struggling with the adverse effects of climate change on the country’s water 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 assistance.
They asked 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.
The aim is to create showcase examples of successful resource efficiency improvements that are replicable by local technical staff to benefit industries nationwide. The experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers are working on:
- 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
After the CTCN technical assistance is completed the industry and government stakeholders can use the outputs for scaling up the interventions into other companies that have similar needs as those which were identified during the initial stages of implementing this technical assistance. Industrial and government stakeholders must continue to follow up on the sustainability of the outcomes through monitoring and tracking of the performance of follow up interventions.
Consideration must be given to tracking of parameters such as electricity consumption per capita, energy sector GHGs per capita, and contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix on an annual basis.