Last Thursday, October 17, at the headquarters of the Argentine Confederation of Medium-sized Enterprises (CAME) took the Workshop Network Learning Networks in Energy Management Systems.
Last Thursday, October 17, at the headquarters of the Argentine Confederation of Medium-sized Enterprises (CAME) took the Workshop Network Learning Networks in Energy Management Systems. It was organized by the Energy Efficiency Project in Argentina together with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development of CAME.
The main objective was to gather in a working day the main actors that are participating in the Learning Networks promoted by the Ministry of Energy. Consequently, the workshop was attended by 35 representatives of the companies involved in the five ongoing networks: Santa Fe, Tucumán, Córdoba, Parque Industrial Pilar (financed by the European Union) and the Buenos Aires Province Network which has been made possible thanks to the Triangular Cooperation project established between Argentina, the National Commission for Energy Efficiency of Mexico (CONUEE) and the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development (GIZ).
During the workshop, the main conclusions and results of this work methodology were presented. It was a pleasant surprise to identify the percentage of consumption savings that most of the participating companies are achieving, only with some actions regarding resource management, without making any type of investment so far. In addition to the savings obtained, a high level of commitment was evidenced by the plant personnel, who have added a high degree of technical knowledge to identify savings opportunities not only to improve their competitiveness but also to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, motivating the great majority of those present to commit themselves to the Certification of the international Standard ISO 50001.
In the afternoon, some collaboration methodologies were carried out between the companies to identify the importance of networks in terms of weighting group work, not only within the companies but also with colleagues from other sectors and even with the competition. Finally, a role-playing activity was rehearsed, in which some members of the companies' technical teams had to convince the management teams to implement certain actions with a view to the best use of energy resources and what was the best way to approach them in order to obtain a satisfactory response.
In conclusion, we could see that there is a strong potential in Argentina to implement energy saving measures in the productive sectors. The methodology of the Learning Networks, are undoubtedly a great tool for the interaction of technical personnel of industrial plants, sharing this way good practices that make the continuous improvement of energy management, thus providing a positive input for cost reduction.
We hope in the near future to be able to achieve that many other networks are emerging throughout our country, allowing us to obtain a considerable economic growth and mainly sustainable.
What is a Learning Network?
A Learning Network is a collaborative methodology that brings together different actors who pursue a common goal, using the exchange of experiences as well as the technical accompaniment offered by experts. In the particular case of the Energy Efficiency Learning Networks, their objective is to improve the energy performance of their member organizations, promoting the implementation of Energy Management Systems.
They are made up of 8 to 12 companies that analyze their energy performance by sharing information on the network, set a joint goal based on the identified potentials for improvement and meet periodically to exchange experiences, consultations, and progress in workshops.