A self-diagnostic tool on biomass energy consumption for SMEs in Paraguay

The tool for calculating the energy consumption of biomass linked to the activity of SMEs in their use as an energy source was presented at a meeting in Asunción in which representatives

of the Ministry of the Environment, the Vice-Ministry of Mines and Energy, the European Union and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises participated.

Asunción, 21 October 2021.- With the aim of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially agro-industrial ones, to adopt measures for the efficient use of biomass, the Biomass Energy Consumption Calculation Tool was presented on Wednesday, 20 October, at an inauguration attended by authorities from the European Union Delegation in Asunción, the Vice-Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Ministry of Environment and the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), among other guests. 

This energy consumption self-diagnosis tool is now available and downloadable from the website of the Vice-Ministry of Mines and Energy. Easy to use, it is aimed at companies that use biomass in their industrial processes. Initially, the ceramics, chicken breeding, grain drying, and yerba mate sectors have been considered. All those interested can log on to carry out the simulations free of charge and request technical support if they wish to do so. 

The tool is designed so that in a simple way and through the data provided by the company itself, it is possible to know whether or not they are making a rational use of biomass.

Similarly, a comparison is made with an assumed optimal situation, with the aim of showing an estimate of the economic and environmental benefits achievable through small actions. This would put the company at an advantage over the competition by making it more sustainable and competitive.

The tool is part of the Energy Efficiency Programme, promoted by the Vice-Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Environment with the support of EUROCLIMA+, a regional cooperation programme between the European Union and Latin America, which promotes environmentally sustainable and climate change resilient development in 18 countries in the region, through FIIAPP, one of the programme's implementing agencies. 

With the help of this tool, SMEs will be able to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of their production processes, using less biomass (wood, coal, etc.) for the same result. In this way, the economic, social, and environmental benefits of implementing energy efficiency measures related to biomass consumption can be made visible. 

Efficient use of biomass in Paraguay 

This initiative is part of the Programme for the Promotion of the Efficient Use of Biomass in Paraguay, which aims to encourage the productive sector to implement energy efficiency measures due to the economic, social and environmental benefits they generate. 

These actions promote the saving and efficient use of resources in agro-industrial facilities of SMEs that use biomass as the main fuel in their production processes, such as yerba mate dryers, grain dryers, olerías, ceramics and establishments for breeding and fattening chickens. 

With these types of inter-institutional programmes, Paraguay reinforces its commitment to the promotion of clean and energy-efficient technologies, which at the same time contribute to the consolidation of national actions such as the National Energy Policy 2016-2040 and the mitigation strategy included in the National Climate Change Policy.

About EUROCLIMA+  

EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.

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