Workshop on Developing Energy Efficiency Roadmaps
20-23 June, Expo 2017, Astana
The August Company designed and facilitated a four-day workshop on Developing Energy Efficiency Roadmaps at the Singapore Pavilion of the EXPO 2017 Astana. The Expo is dedicated to the topic of future of energy with clean energy at its core. 25 participants from seven countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and central Asia attended the workshop which showcased best practices from Singapore.
The four-day workshop not only trained the participants in the roadmaps framework but also gave them valuable inputs into planning and implementation of energy efficient projects. The participants appreciated gaining practical insights and hands on experience though case study and breakout sessions with advisors and peers on roadmap building.
The workshop identified immediate opportunities in improving energy efficiency in public buildings, driving higher standards of energy efficiency in new construction and progressively building new business models around energy service companies.
Day 1: Energy Efficiency Challenges and Global Trends
The workshop began with the analysis of the global trends in energy efficiency and regional perspectives on countries in Western and Central Asia.
The participants identified three main challenges around energy efficiency faced by their countries. This exercise ensured that the participants can appropriately channel their learnings from the workshop. The participants were trained in developing roadmaps based on their objectives, country conditions and other key areas of assessment. They applied these learnings to create an efficiency roadmap for their country or identify gaps and potential bridging solutions in existing ones.
Day 2: Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector
Day two of the workshop was focused on green building solutions through case studies of successful implementation carried out by countries. The facilitators highlighted Singapore as the green building hub of Southeast Asia. They elaborated on the country’s role in sustainable development and successful initiatives through case studies. The participants also reviewed a case study on efficiency options for buildings in Kazakhstan and the impact of energy efficient appliances and equipment in reducing global energy demand.
Day3: Energy Efficiency in the Industrial Sector
Diving further into the subject, day three of the workshop addressed one of the biggest energy consuming spheres: The industrial sector. The participants learnt the key elements of this sector’s roadmap and the importance of energy-efficient policies and energy management. Based on their learnings of this session, the participants drafted an industrial energy efficiency roadmap for their respective countries. The workshop was also designed to train the participants in the proficient execution of energy efficient projects. They were taught to build financial models that scale up energy efficiency. They also delved into the functioning of Energy service companies (ESCOs) that design, build and fund projects that save energy and reduce costs.
Day 4: Implementing the Energy Efficiency Roadmap
On the last day of the workshop, a panel discussion took place highlighting success stories from Caucasus, Central Asia, Dubai and Singapore. Based on the inputs from the four days, the workshop concluded with presentations from participants on developing or improving energy efficiency roadmaps of their country.
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