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SMEDA, GIZ implement renewable energy programme

Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), in collaboration with the German organisation, GIZ, have enabled the country’s textile industry to save about Rs400 million annually by implementing the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP), according to a statement issued on Wednesday.

In a meeting with SMEDA CEO Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, REEEP Principal Advisor Bernhard Meyhofer expressed his gratitude for SMEDA’s cooperation in the successful implementation of REEEP. “As a result of our joint efforts in the textile sector, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association members have reported saving energy up to 83.5 million kwh per year,” he said, adding that due to the success of such efforts in the textile sector, REEEP activities had expanded to other industrial sectors, including food and beverages, steel and glass sectors.

Meyhofer showed his keen interest to enhance the scope of mutual cooperation of SMEDA and GIZ for developing a more structured approach for existing activities, as adding new areas, such as promoting renewable energy technologies in the industry as well as productive use of renewable energy. He offered to develop a formal certification system for energy managers and qualification criteria for energy service companies under the small and medium enterprise portfolio, while continuing with the Energy Management System application in different industrial sectors. He called for the involvement of more human resource of SMEDA from departments other than the Industry Support Cell.

Meanwhile, Khokhar assured SMEDA’s full cooperation in the expansion of REEEP. “Programmes such as REEEP are direly needed in the prevailing energy crisis,” he said.

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