The Opening Ceremony of the National Energy Monitoring Information System
The Energy Efficiency and Environment in Buildings (EEEB) project, in line with the objectives, set out in the First and second components has designed a National Energy Monitoring System in a building called Building Energy Identification (BEID). This logical platform will be officially established in the country by the Road, Housing, and Urban Development Research Centre in collaboration with other stakeholders.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the BHRC hosted a group of energy and construction officials.
This program was held in open space and in compliance with health protocols, due to the pandemic of the Coronavirus and the current situation of the country. The program began with the speech by Dr. Shekarrchizadeh, Director of the BHRC. Mentioning that one-sixth of the world's energy subsidies are paid in Iran, Dr. Shekarchizadeh stated, “Energy efficiency measures in buildings have been started since 2010 with the approval of relevant laws and regulations, but the activities carried out so far in this regard are not defensible”.
Mohammad Shekarchizadeh introduced the features of the EMIS and mentioned that the attendance of high-ranking officials at this ceremony shows the importance of this system.
The Director of BHRC continued, "Until 2040 and only for the construction sector of Iran, five hundred thousand cubic meters of gas per day will be needed. These numbers show the importance of establishing a national system that requires the support of other organizations”.
Malek Shariati Niasar, Tehran's Representative and Spokesman of the Energy Commission in the Parliament of Iran, mentioned scenarios for the fair distribution of subsidies and stated, "The distribution of subsidies in Iran is not fair, so that the upper deciles of society benefit from energy subsidies much more than the lower deciles”.
Iran's effective steps towards energy efficiency
Claudio Providas, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Iran, mentioned that urban development is one of the reasons for high energy consumption in the world. "Despite the sanctions, Iran has made great strides in energy efficiency, environment, and green technologies and, in this regard, the UNDP supports the implementation of projects such as the EMIS”, he stated.
The Resident Representative of the UNDP in Iran referred to the smooth development of energy and environment technologies using Iran's technological capabilities and stated, “The implementation of this project is an effective step to protect the environment and reduce energy consumption. This strategic project seeks to create jobs and economy while contributing to the reduction of energy consumption and energy losses through the buildings sector”.
Eghbal Shakeri, Tehran’s Representative and Member of the Civil Commission in Iran’s Parliament, also gave a speech at this ceremony.
Furthermore, the BHRC hosted Dr. Pirouz Hanachi, Mayor of Tehran, in this ceremony. he mentioned that the Tehran Municipality's plan to reduce energy consumption, he stated, "Daily electricity consumption in Tehran is equivalent to 20,000 gigawatts per hour, with home subscribers having the highest consumption with a share of 75%. Besides, the average gas consumption in Tehran province is 77 million cubic meters, the main part of which is the consumption of the domestic sector. This equals the daily production of gas in three phases of the South Pars gas field".
Mohammad Eslami, Minister of Roads and Urban Development, at the opening ceremony of the national Energy Monitoring Information System stated that the role of energy in buildings is an important issue. "The Ministry of Petroleum, the Ministry of Road and Urban Development (MRUD), and other institutions are committed to pursuing the issue of reducing energy consumption in the construction sector", he stated. “In this regard, the MRUD has published the latest edition of Code 19th of National Building Regulation which is related to the energy conservation Building code and seeks to implement this code in building design and construction processes. Also, in the field of energy efficiency, the ministry has discussed the education and publication of regulations with the Minister of Science so the students and engineers are taught the building regulations”, the minister continued.
The Minister of Road and Urban Development emphasized, "If the issue of energy labels is followed, we can treat the high-consumption and low-consumption people differently in terms of paying subsidies. Also, at this stage, insurance can be connected. The EMIS can be a step towards Iran becoming a clean country with less energy consumption”.
Sorena Sattari, the Vice President for Science and Technology stated that energy efficiency in buildings should become a public culture. He added, “We need to turn energy efficiency into a business capacity so the private sector can come in and invest in innovative projects of this area. Commercialization can also take place in the service sector and in the use of artificial intelligence technologies in IoT (Internet of Things) systems".
Referring to the role of knowledge-based companies and startups active in energy efficiency, Sattari stated, "These businesses are innovative in nature and play an effective role in promoting a culture of energy efficiency. Therefore, ecology must be created so they can enter this field. If the economy of this process is formed by facilitating the environment of turning ideas into businesses, we will see a transformation in creating jobs and added value, while preserving valuable energy resources”.
The need to create incentives and inducements
Sattari spoke of the readiness of the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology (VPST) to implement innovative ideas in the field of energy efficiency, especially in buildings, and continued, "We are ready to support knowledge-based companies and startups in the field of building energy to enter this field”.
At the end of the ceremony, Pouria Orouji, the representative of Asiawatt &Farabord Consortium, introduced the national Energy Monitoring Information System and its related subsystems. Then, this system was officially unveiled in the presence of high-ranking officials.
Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding
On the sidelines of this program, a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the VPST, the BHRC, and the Deputy for Housing and Urban Development of Tehran Municipality. The subject of this MoU is the establishment of a national Building Energy ID to be connected to the EMIS.