USAID Launches Energy-Saving Project for SMEs
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:10
Small and medium enterprises in Macedonia involved in industrial production are the target-group of USAID’s project for reducing energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases.
One of the project’s goals is to boost SME’s competitiveness. First of all, a system for identification of critical points (i.e. locations where the consumption of energy is high) will be established. The idea is to introduce systematic energy saving by managing and monitoring the energy used by companies. “The Macedonian economy is one of the most energy-intensive economies in Europe, mostly due to the use of obsolete technologies. The primary energy consumption per unit of GDP was nearly four times higher than in developed countries,” said Dragan Blazev, head of USAID’s Industrial Management Project. According to Danco Uzunov, energy efficiency expert, companies should introduce such systems in their production as soon as possible. “The financial aspect will always be present, and it is widely known that the investments in energy are the most profitable investments,” said Uzunov. The largest energy consumption in 2010 was by capacities in the metallurgical industry, the construction materials industry, and the food industry. The implementation of the Industrial Management Project started in January 2013 and the anticipated project budget is 1.3 million U.S. dollars. This is a third level of support offered by USAID that follows the projects for forming clusters and enabling export-oriented companies access to new markets.  
Sources: Dnevnik; Utrinski Vesnik; Vest; Vecer; Nova Makedonija; Fokus; Kanal 5; Sitel; Telma; Alfa; MTV1; MIA; Makfax