Siniora’s contribution to save valuable resources for Palestine
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Creating shared prosperity and meeting the employment needs of a rapidly growing Palestinian population necessitates a vibrant private manufacturing sector. Concurrently, the standstill in the political process of the Oslo agreement has caused administrative restrictions on important resources, such as water and electricity, hindering the day to day operations for Palestinians on the West Bank and making the already scarce resources of water and energy even more necessary to save. The EU supported SwitchMed initiative promotes an inclusive, sustainable, private sector-led Palestinian economic development, which takes into account the local constraints of access to resources to help develop a ‘greener’ economy.
The MED TEST II component of the SwitchMed programme is working with industries from the food sector on the West Bank to demonstrate the business case of a sustainable production and consumption, ensuring the efficient use of natural resources. Siniora, one of the participating companies, is a multinational food company producing meat and poultry products for the Palestinian and Arab export market. Tawfiq Odeh -Quality Unit Manager of Siniora comments the challenges they face and how MED TEST II can assist in upgrading the industry of Palestine.
“In terms of MED TEST II concern area, our challenges are mainly in energy and water consumption for manufacturing processes. There are also significant challenges in dealing with pollutants from manufacturing processes such as cardboard, canned residues and other process related wastes. MED TEST II can support in bringing up out-of-the-box ideas that can help optimize power and water consumption and reduce emissions and pollutants by proper technical solutions.”
Considerable saving potentials in water and energy were through the ongoing MED TEST II project found in the company. For instance, by looking into the cooling operations of the company the local team was able to identify water conservation measures that will reduce the total water consumption by 50%, saving annually 17,000 m3 of water. Due to the scarcity of water in the region, these savings will not only be beneficial for the company but also for the whole municipality. “For the Palestinian industry, I believe it is beneficial to build awareness across industrial sectors about best practices to optimize consumptions and eliminate losses.” – Mr. Tawfiq Odeh
While 17,000 m3 might sound like a drop into the sea, for Palestine it is a lot and with the potential of up-scaling the practices demonstrated in the MED TEST II component, this little drop might become a river of relief for Palestine.
MED TEST II is carving a new path in the resource utilization in Palestinian industries. Resource use optimization and improvement of energy efficiency could be the game changers for Palestine in the coming years.