A new approach to an old problem
Clean technology innovation in response to climate changeMar 2, 2018
Baku, 2 March 2018 – As millennials become more and more ecologically conscious, companies around the world increasingly look for innovative solutions to enhance the energy efficiency of their transport potential and promote sustainability-driven behaviours and interventions. In Azerbaijan, where much of the economy is heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues, the Government has demonstrated strong interest in reducing the country’s carbon emission footprint. In line with this vision, UNDP and Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR) work together to mainstream environmentally friendly driving habits through training and the application of smart technologies.
Today, UNDP has introduced the first eco-driving simulator, which was handed over to SOCAR’s transport fleet and within just one year is intended to benefit approximately 1,000 drivers working in SOCAR’s transport system. Lessons learned from international best practices suggest that drivers, who are trained to operate their vehicles in a safe and energy-efficient manner, have the potential to reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 15 percent and contribute considerably to the lowering of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in vehicles. In the long run, the use of eco-driving simulators will have a long-lasting positive effect on the improved transport efficiency at SOCAR.
Energy efficiency interventions in SOCAR’s transportation system are implemented as part of UNDP’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) for low-carbon end-use in Azerbaijan. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is carried out in close cooperation with SOCAR.
Speaking at the eco-driving simulator inception ceremony, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Azerbaijan Mr. Alessandro Fracassetti noted that the introduction of the simulator will help save up to 1,000,000 Azerbaijani manat in total fuel consumption. He emphasised that the key potential of this new driving platform is to be able to project it to the wider segments of the country and to demonstrate just how much energy you can save by driving in an environmentally conscience manner.
Vice-president of SOCAR Ms. Rafiga Huseynzadeh told journalists that the eco-driving simulator manufactured by the French company Ediser can prevent 1,500 tons of carbon emission (CO2) from being pumped into the atmosphere.
Energy efficiency is also fundamental to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the new global sustainable development Agenda 2030 ratified by UN Member States in September 2015. Goal 7 of this new development action plan is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, while Goal 13 calls for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Put simply, sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, enhances economies and protects the planet.
Arzu Jafarli, Communications and External Relations Analyst for UNDP in Azerbaijan, firstname.lastname@example.org