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SMEs save Rs61m through energy conservation steps

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) mostly from textile sector saved an average nine percent of their energy costs, equaling more than Rs61 million, due to energy saving measures implemented in 22 companies since the beginning of 2012, said a statement.

These measures were taken under the project titled ESPIRE, a cooperation project of bfzgGmbH (Germany) with Pakistani business associations and small and medium enterprises development authority (Smeda).

The participating factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot together realised energy savings that equal a production capacity of around three megawatts and are worth more than Rs61 million per year.

“The consultants we assign help companies to identify where energy is wasted and support them to reduce the wastages,” explained Salahuddin Farrukh, national project coordinator of bfzgGmbH, a largest private provider of vocational training in Germany.

Farrukh added that the achieved savings were monitored for six months and that the factory staff was trained to identify energy wastages.

Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) – one of the project partners – is working hard to support their members even more and beyond the time of the partnership project.

“PHMA has established a technical support cell with help of bfzgGmbH to provide services related to environment, energy and production efficiency with latest measurement equipment and trained staff,” said PHMA Chairman Jawed Bilwani.

He said that the association planned to widen the scope of their services in the near future and asked their entire member textile units to get in contact with PHMA office to take advantage of the services provided.

Project ESPIRE was started by the vocational training and development centers of the Bavarian Employers’ Association (bfz) gGmbH.

In Pakistan, the trainer is cooperating with PHMA, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Federal-B Area Association of Trade and Industry, North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry, Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, and SMEDA.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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