MED TEST II indicate promising results to save resources for participating companies from the Jordanian food industry
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Jordan joined the EU funded SwitchMed Programme with great ambitions to manage a transition towards a Green Economy. Preserving and improving the use of natural resources are central features of a modern, well-functioning market economy and therefore key goals of the transition process towards a green economy.
Meanwhile, the MED TEST II component of the SwitchMed programme is demonstrating the potentials of a resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) to 12 selected industries in Jordan, including the vital component of Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) that assists companies not only to manage the transition to become part of the green economy, but also to increase their profitability.
MFCA, a management tool that helps organizations to manage their material and energy practices so as to achieve financial and environmental gains, MFCA facilitates the tracing and quantifying flows and stocks of materials within an organization into physical units and the associated costs. These evaluations can help the organizations to monitor their resource use and adopt measures for realizing financial benefits and reduced environmental costs. MFCA forms an integral part of MED TEST II and focuses on simultaneously improving financial gains while reducing adverse impacts on the environment.
Carrying forward from the MFCA workshop conducted in April 2016 in Amman, demonstration companies in the Jordanian food sector are leading the transition of Jordan’s industries to become more resource efficient and competitive. For instance, recommendations to improve the information system identifying the priority flows according to the MFCA standards (raw materials, water, energy, etc.) could be gathered from 5 companies, leading to an adoption rate of over 80% of the identified measures among the companies.
“With the decoupling concept, adopted by UNIDO, people know now that industry and environment can go hand by hand”.
Mr. Basel Al Nobani, Industrial Engineer, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply, Jordan
Currently, the final steps of UNIDO’s TEST methodology are being realized in the 12 demonstration companies through the MED TEST II component in Jordan. The local TEST team closely follow-up with the implementation of the evaluated options and a third training will take place in Amman on the 24th of July, 2017, to conclude on the potentials of RECP in the participating companies from the Jordanian food industry. As final results from the MED TEST II demonstration phase are expected to come in the third quarter of 2017, measures related to energy savings already indicate an annual saving potential of 1 million euro for the 12 participating companies, highlighting the profitable potential of TEST for the companies, the environment, and the national economy.