9th EMAK Workshop was held in Brazil
Under the instruction and financial support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) held an Energy Management Action Network (EMAK) Workshop in San Paolo, Brazil on 21 Nov. 2018 as described below.
(1) Objectives: To share information on and communicate to the public case examples of advanced energy management and to build a network of related members of the government and private sectors related to energy management.
(2) Contents: The outcome consisted of the following three items.
① An overview was given and results were reported of the Japan-Brazil Energy Conservation Cooperation Project completed in March 2018.
A functional government–private sector system was built for promoting energy conservation in Brazil. In addition, energy management systems were established in four Brazilian cooperating companies to communicate energy conservation examples to the public. At the same time, a concise power saving guide was created.
② Introductions were given to the industrial energy conservation project implemented by the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (Confideração de Nacional Indústria, or CNI) and the Brazilian government’s energy conservation program in collaboration with cooperating projects.
③ The advanced energy management systems and the energy conservation technologies implemented by three Japanese-Brazilian companies and one Chilean company were shared.
(3) Results: Based on the panel discussion participated in by all presentation speakers and the exchanges of opinions among the Workshop participants, the future direction of the EMAK activities and the possible cooperation from Japan were summarized to conclude the Workshop.
EMAK is one of the task groups of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) established at the G8 Meeting in 2009. This task group is participated in by 11 countries, including Japan as the leader. Workshops have been held nine times since 2010 for the purpose of sharing excellent case examples of industrial energy management among the member countries and for network building among the government staff members in charge of energy conservation policy and persons engaged in energy management. This was the first time that the Workshop was held in South America.
In addition to the 72 Workshop participants, persons from seven countries participated through an Internet broadcast to share information and build a network among related members from the government and private sectors.
In sharing of the excellent case examples of industrial energy management, providing incentives for companies to expand the shared examples and utilizing them in the supply chain to achieve standardization and improved quality of energy management was recognized as important for the future direction of EMAK. In network building, the need for information systems to share the case examples and for regional cooperation in the networks of each country were indicated.
As the cooperation that Japan can provide, the provision of information (policies and systems, government-private sector cooperative programs, accumulated excellent case examples, and advanced energy conservation technologies) through holding Workshops and the capacity building relating to energy conservation promotion were cited.