UNIDO promotes sustainable energy solutions to assist industry in reducing their energy consumption, as well as using clean renewable energy in the most efficient manner for the enhancement of industrial competitiveness and productivity, while mainstreaming gender and increasing employment opportunities.

UNIDO’s Energy Programme is built on three strategic pillars, namely industrial energy efficiency, renewable energy for productive uses, climate policy and networks. The core building blocks of the Energy strategy are technology demonstration, knowledge management, policy and standards, awareness raising, programmatic approaches, and building capacity to provide inclusive and sustainable energy solutions. The energy strategy also focuses on mainstreaming the role of women and promoting youth employment in the design and implementation of energy projects, creating job opportunities, and fostering clean energy technological innovations to promote sustainable and inclusive industrialization.

Industry Focus

As of November 2015, UNIDO’s Energy Portfolio totals to approximately US$ 275 million and is characterized by energy management system and standards, smart grids based on renewable energy and energy efficiency for industrial applications.

UNIDO is currently implementing more than 60 renewable energy projects in around 50 countries, with the following targets to be achieved in a 5-year period (2013-2018):

  • Number of people gaining access to energy: >135,000
  • Renewable energy capacity installed: ~25 MW
  • Renewable energy generated: >125 GWh/year
  • Million tons of CO2e emissions avoided: >3 million tons direct
  • Number of enterprises benefiting from projects: >600


UNIDO is implementing the GEF funded project entitled “Sustainable Energy Initiative for Industries in Pakistan”. The ultimate goal of this UNIDO/GEF Project is to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by developing and promoting a market environment that will stimulate investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in industry which, in turn, will support industrial development in Pakistan

The project is financed through a grant of US$ 3.55 million. In addition, the Government of Pakistan , the private sector and the project developers have all pledged their support exceeding US$  30 million as co-financing to the project.

The industrial sector in Pakistan is characterized by high dependence on fossil fuels, mainly coal, diesel and natural gas. In most cases the fossil fuels are used in inefficient machineries and technologies, thereby incurring high production costs for industries. Therefore, industries can benefit from taking measures to use these energy resources efficiently as well as adopting renewable energy technologies. This UNIDO/GEF project seeks to promote the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and services in industries, strengthening the institutional capacity and establishing a conducive policy and legal environment that enables and supports renewable energy and energy efficiency investment projects.

Primary target groups of the project are the institutions mandated for development of renewable energy and energy efficiency including government policy making and implementing institutions, project beneficiaries (industries), energy consultants, professionals, suppliers, and academia.