Energy efficiency program gains traction in Kingdom’s industrial sector

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AMMAN Industrial business owners in Jordan are showing a keen interest in a new energy efficiency program aimed at reducing costs and carbon footprints, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. اضافة اعلان

The Energy Efficiency for Industrial Productivity Program (Kafaa), funded by USAID, focuses on energy-extensive industrial sub-sectors and has been gaining traction since its launch in late February.

The program has been developed under an ongoing energy sector support initiative and focuses on three specific industrial sub-sectors chosen based on various criteria, including their potential for expansion, energy consumption, export capacity, economic and social impact, and suitability for energy efficiency solutions.

Execution plansThe program is set to be executed in multiple phases spanning from 2023 to 2028.

The initial phase in 2023 will concentrate on the food, finance, agricultural, livestock, engineering, electrical, ICT, chemical, and cosmetics sectors, while future phases will consider additional sectors based on market demand and potential for implementing energy solutions.

The Kingdom’s industrial sector plays a crucial role in the country's economy, directly contributing 25 percent of the national GDP. The sector accounts for over 90 percent of Jordan's exports, which expanded by almost 10 percent in 2019, reaching approximately 140 nations across the globe.

The country's industrial sector comprises approximately 18,000 establishments, spread across all governorates of the Kingdom and employing around 251,000 workers, mostly Jordanians, accounting for 21 percent of the total Jordanian workforce.

Jordan's Energy Minister, Saleh Kharabsheh, expressed his gratitude for USAID's support to Jordan's energy sector, emphasizing his ministry's commitment to providing all possible assistance to help the industrial sector prosper.

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