MINSK, 10 November (BelTA) – The GDP energy intensity in Belarus has dropped by 5.4% since the beginning of the year, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization, Director of the Energy Efficiency Department Vitaly Kretsky said at a press conference, BelTA has learned.
“The task for the current five-year period is to reduce the GDP energy intensity by at least 7%. During the 2022 reporting period, the energy intensity of the gross domestic product shrank by 5.4% year-on-year,” said Vitaly Kretsky.
According to him, the GDP energy intensity in Belarus is 146 kg of oil equivalent per a thousand dollars. “We are doing very well compared to the EU countries in this regard. However, Belarus' GDP energy intensity is 27% higher than the world average. Yet, the country' energy intensity fell 2.1 times since 2000,” he said.
In line with the Energy Saving state program, by the end of 2025 Belarus is expected to save about 2.5 million tonnes of fuel equivalent of fuel and energy resources. “Within almost two years, the amount of fuel and energy resources that were saved exceeded 1 million tonnes of fuel equivalent. At the same time, more than 40% of fuel and energy resources were saved due to the introduction of modern energy-efficient technologies, machinery and equipment into manufacturing, and due to the upgrade of existing capacities,” he said.
Vitaly Kretsky also noted that Belarus is consistently working to increase energy efficiency. Energy efficiency laws have been drafted, and the sixth energy saving program is being implemented.
“The country's gross consumption of energy resources in 1995 was 35 million tonnes of fuel equivalent. One tonne of fuel equivalent equals to about $200. In 2021 we consumed 39 million tonnes of fuel equivalent. The increase is small. At the same time, our GDP has grown. Had we not worked on increasing energy efficiency, on saving energy, then, according to our estimates, today's consumption would have been about 60 million tonnes of fuel equivalent. These are the results we have achieved while trying to increase energy efficiency,” the director of the Energy Efficiency Department emphasized.