Workshop highlights benefits of UN fuel management system

Date: 
Monday, 07 August 2017

As UN peacekeeping missions rely on significant quantities of generators, vehicles, aircraft, and other fuel-consuming equipment, fuel management is both essential to operations and constitutes a major expenditure for peacekeeping activities. 

The Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) in the Department of Management is addressing the need for continuous improvement of fuel supply and consumption control. It is part of a harmonized Information and communicat

ion technology (ICT) strategy to automate and streamline UN operations.

OICT conducted a workshop on the Electronic Fuel Management System-2 (EFMS-2) solution in conjunction with the Fuel Conference (sponsored by the Logistics Support Division of the Department of Field Support) from 19 to 23 June at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok.

Sixteen peacekeeping and

 political missions* currently using or in the process of deploying EFMS-2 attended to discuss this enterprise tool’s features. 

The participating missions account for more than 80 per cent of the fuel consumption of peacekeeping - totalling approximately USD$500 million in fuel supply contracts.

One of the goals of the workshop was to highlight the potential of the tool to enable missions to be more cost effective and decrease the environmental impact on host countries. There was tremendous support from missions. Participants had the opportunity to see the new features and share best practices.

In collaboration with Logistics Support Division, OICT developed the Electronic Fuel Management System-2 after the General Assembly mandated the development of a technical solution to meet fuel needs in the field.

The solution, combined with the innovative usage of monitoring and recording equipment, allows for a centralized repository for all fuel transactions and to accurately measure fuel inventory. It also helps preserve institutional knowledge and reduce manual processes that are susceptible to human errors.

The EFMS-2 solution will continue to develop to include additional features which leverage the most recent information technologies.

To learn more about EFMS-2, visit unite.un.org/services/fuel

*Attended: UNMIL, UNISFA, UNGSC, UNFICYP, MINUSTAH, MINURSO, UNIFIL, MINUSCA, UNDOF, MINUSMA, UNAMID, MONUSCO, UNMISS, UNSOS, UNMOGIP, UNAMA