Belarus plans to reduce GDP energy intensity by 2016

By 2016 Belarus plans to reduce the GDP energy intensity to some 200-208 kg of oil equivalent per $1,000, deputy chairman of the State Committee for Standardization of Belarus and director of the energy efficiency department Leonid Shenets told reporters.

In 2010 Belarus reduced the GDP energy intensity down to 290kg of oil equivalent per $1,000. Germany has 140kg of oil equivalent per $1,000, the United States - 190kg per $1,000. “We have to work a lot in order to reduce the energy intensity, as it affects our expenses, and competitive ability of our goods,” he said. Leonid Shenets added that the ratio of local fuels in the national energy consumption should reach 30% by 2015.

In order to fulfill this goal a series of programs has been developed. They stipulate the commissioning of 51 power plants running on local fuels, 6 or 7 biogas complexes, and a 102.1 MW hydro-electric power plant. “We have to intensify the implementation of programs both in small and large-scale power engineering. It is related to the construction of power stations with low energy use to generate heat and electricity. Today the average energy consumption of Belarusian power plants is about 300-320g of conventional fuel per kWh. These plants should be decommissioned and replaced with modern and efficient power units. We should also introduce small-scale power generating units at companies and households,” Leonid Shenets said.

First deputy chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Petr Vityaz said that Belarus implements a program to reconsider technological processes of energy-intensive industries. “Watchdogs are carrying out energy and technological audits of energy-intensive manufactures. It is, first of all, metallurgy, casting, and galvanic processing. Lower energy consumption in these industries is our priority today,” he said.

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