Five Steps to Increase Energy Efficiency, Reduce Emissions and Understand Costs for Manufacturers

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has recently released a step-by-step methodology for refrigerator manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of their products and forecast the net benefits and costs associated with those improvements.

The methodology is targeted at manufacturers of domestic and commercial refrigerators in emerging economies — which stand to gain the most from making these improvements, according to the research conducted for the project.

In a brochure available on UNIDO’s website, the five main steps are outlined.

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1. “Check your potential energy efficiency gains”

The first step involves estimating your company’s “Manufacturer Development Index” value. This value is used to evaluate typical incremental capital and operating costs associated with different energy efficiency upgrades.

2. “Download the tool”

The second step involves downloading the free Commercial EPA Refrigeration Analysis (CERA) software tool. CERA uses available data to run simulations and calculate net benefits and costs for different product changes and upgrades.

The software is available free for download on UNIDO’s GitHub page.

3. “Learn how to gain net benefits”

Once CERA is downloaded, manufacturers can then perform the associated technical and financial evaluations for different product designs using the software.

4. “Make the simulation”

Once step three is complete, manufacturers then collect data from within their company (cabinet design dimensions, system controls, sealed system design information, etc.) to run simulations within the software.

The results will show a “visual modelling of the changes in components” and “the benefit in energy efficiency and the cost involved in doing so”.

5. “Assess the benefits of change”

Finally, these results can be downloaded in order to “provide a solid and accurate basis for discussions within the manufacturer company, between its engineers, strategic leaders, marketers, production and financial units, and the management.”

Full Webinar

A webinar showing a live demonstration how to use the CERA software was held on July 22. See the full recording on Youtube here.

The webinar featured Dr. Omar Abdelaziz, Assistant Professor of Thermofluids at Zewail City of Science and Technology as the main speaker. During the introduction, Dr. Iino Fukuya, Department of Environment – UNIDO, said “I truly hope [these green refrigeration design tools and cost guidelines] encourage the manufacturing companies who are participating in this webinar to take practical energy efficiency actions in emerging economies.”

I truly hope [these green refrigeration design tools and cost guidelines] encourage the manufacturing companies who are participating in this webinar to take practical energy efficiency actions in emerging economies.

Dr. Iino Fukuya, Department of Environment – UNIDO, Webinar on the K-CEP Refrigerator Manufacturing Cost Guidelines, July 22, 2020

Major sections of the webinar and their associated timestamps in the recording are below:

1:42 Introduction by Dr. Iino Fukuya, Department of Environment – UNIDO

4:14 Webinar start by main speaker Dr. Omar Abdelaziz, Assistant Professor of Thermofluids at Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt

13:14 Impact of Manufacturer Development Index on Net-Benefit of Energy Efficiency Versus Cost

16:00 Refrigerant Choice for Domestic and Commercial Refrigerators

18:47 Component and Design Choices (Cabinet, Sealed System, Controls, etc.)

23:37 Introduction to CERA modeling tool

26:07 Manufacturer Steps Using CERA to Build a Cost Efficiency Model

29:58 CERA Live Demonstration

49:48 Simulation Results for Example Manufacturers

56:18 Emissions Reduction Calculations

59:52 Market Barriers

1:05:05 Where to Download Resources – How to Get Further Assistance

1:05:44 Q&A

Cold Chain Association of the Philippines recommends investment in agricultural infrastructure during recent webinar

Anthony Dizon, President of the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines, recommended investing in and supporting rural agriculture infrastructure in a recent webinar discussing the future of the Philippines’ cold chain last week.

Dizon offered a number of suggestions to address the industry’s current challenges including:

  • Providing support for the “Balik Probinsya” program — a government initiative that aims to ease congestion in the capital city of Manila by encouraging residents to return to rural areas.
  • Optimizing productivity of agricultural land.
  • Propagating the use of mid-level urban farming technologies.
  • Providing developmental financing access to private sector micro-enterprises.
  • Restructuring agricultural communities into organized cooperatives to be able to qualify for supplying to the big businesses.
  • Rationalizing the operation of the existing food supply chain facilities.
  • Constructing additional infrastructure to support food security.

In addition, Dizon discussed the current situation in the Philippines regarding the recovery in food demand, the pressure on the warehousing and transport sectors, the adjustment in the production cycle, and the consumer budget realignment and prioritization on spending.

The webinar, titled “Supply Chain Trends, Resiliency & Recovery for the New Future” was held on June 23. It centered on the challenges and opportunities in the Philippine cold chain industry with new trends due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was organized by AEB, a supply chain logistics software provider, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, which provides supply chain management technology, and Prime Sales, a Philippines based provider of logistics and supply chain solutions.