The objective of this workshop was to encourage the automotive sector to adhere to the energy transition and the importance of energy management actions.
During this period of challenging economic conditions, characterized by a rise in energy prices and the need to gradually reduce targeted energy subsidies, Tunisian public authorities are compelled to develop and implement a comprehensive energy-saving policy.
“As part of the implementation of the State’s policy in the field of energy transition and support for industrial establishments in energy-saving actions, the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) and the Tunisian Automotive Association (TAA), in collaboration with GIZ Tunisia, organized an information and awareness workshop for industrial companies in the automotive industry on March 16, 2023, at the Acropole Hotel (Berges du Lac). The workshop focused on the theme of “Energy Efficiency,” and its objective was to inform and raise awareness among automotive companies of the various mechanisms and actions offered by the Energy Transition Fund (FTE).
In collaboration with ANME, TAA was able to present participating companies with the benefits of technical assistance and financing programs aimed at definitively adopting energy efficiency practices. These practices involve the adoption of new, more dynamic and inclusive methods based on the diagnosis, analysis, and optimization of available resources and needs, as well as the implementation of effective energy information and management systems.
The event, opened in the presence of Mr. Fethi HANCHI (Director General of ANME), Ms. Myriam ELLOUMI (2nd Vice President of TAA), and many other speakers, was attended by 120 invited guests and had two sessions on the agenda. The first session was dedicated to presenting the Tunisian energy context and the Energy Transition Fund (FTE), while the second session focused on the presentation of the carbon component in Tunisia.
More concretely, this workshop was an opportunity not only to present the FTE and its functioning, but also to inform industrial establishments about the necessity of energy management actions, the importance of the carbon component, and the actions undertaken by ANME. The aim was to create a real debate to identify the needs and expectations of the participants in relation to the two components of « energy and carbon » .
Energy Transition and Environmental Conservation
Faced with environmental challenges, automobile manufacturers must significantly reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate (United Nations). Growing demands from customers and regulators are driving a constant search for new solutions and opportunities.
Today more than ever, as the global economic situation is disrupted, the cheapest energy is the one that is not consumed. To reduce their production costs and limit their greenhouse gas emissions, companies in the industrial sector must implement a multitude of energy efficiency actions or operations.
The practice of Energy Efficiency (EE) through energy audits can reveal opportunities for increasing competitiveness in the automotive sector in Tunisia by reducing or controlling energy costs. Alignment with international standards in EE is vital for the competitiveness of the Tunisian industry in a context of globalization.
Energy audit is a fundamental tool for integrating EE in industry. When well-conducted, it can trigger awareness and commitment from a company’s management to integrate this formula into its common practices, given the numerous opportunities for energy, financial, and even environmental gains. This is a considerable global challenge that can be achievable, but with the right solutions.
Furthermore, some members of the TAA association (which has more than 80 members) who have already benefited from the subsidy of the Energy Transition Fund, shared their testimonials while giving a rich overview of their beneficial experiences for their companies.
The numerous testimonies unanimously confirmed that adhering to the energy transition and proposals of the ANME provides enormous gains in terms of energy consumption reduction and therefore production costs, thus enabling the realization of necessary new investments. Not to mention the action of preserving the environment through the reduction of carbon production, the main cause of greenhouse gas increase and ozone layer deterioration.
This workshop was organized with the support of the “Partnerships for Employment and Support for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Tunisia” project, which is part of the “Decent Employment for a Just Transition” special initiative, mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ Tunisia, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.
About the TAA:
The Tunisian Automotive Association is a Tunisian non-profit association created in February 2016 at the initiative of the main players in the automotive components industry in Tunisia. Its objective is to promote exchanges, collaboration, and synergy between companies in the automotive components industry and to support Tunisian authorities in developing and promoting the sector. It aims to create an attractive environment for the development of the automotive industry in Tunisia. The TAA organizes and actively participates in all events in Tunisia and abroad to promote and support the Tunisian automotive sector and the companies that compose it.
For more information: www.taa.tn
The National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) is a non-profit public organization under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy. Its main mission is to design and implement the state policy in the field of energy management. This translates into promoting the rational use of energy, developing renewable energies, and transitioning to a more environmentally friendly energy.
For more information: www.anme.tn