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SMEDA helped 75 industrial units in 7 major SME sectors to reduce cost of doing business

Lahore, November 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has helped 75 industrial units in 7 major SME sectors to reduce cost of doing business by conducting energy audits and implementing innovative Energy Management System. According to a vigilant study, the energy cost as a share of total production cost ranges from 20% to 50% in different industrial sectors and SMEDA, taking cognizance of the issue has developed a special initiative for energy audit followed by an innovative Energy Management System in collaboration with its international partners like German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Training and Development Centres of Bavarian Employers’ Association (bfz-).

Out of the total 75, a sum of 42 units have been facilitated through the energy audit program and 33 units have been supported by developing Energy Management Systems. The facilitated units belong to Spinning, Weaving, Processing, Jute, Auto Parts, Furniture and Marble sectors and as a result of the aforementioned interventions, these units have been enabled to save energy from 10% up to 30% depending upon the nature of the respective sector.

Incharge of the Industry Support Program Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad has elaborated that that an energy management system, like all other management systems is a formal system, which offers a structured approach in dealing with energy issues for continuous improvement. At international level EN16001 and ISO50001 are the standards for Energy Management System aiming to help organizations in establishing the systems and processes necessary to improve energy efficiency, he said adding that SMEDA, along with its international partners has not only introduced but also implemented the systems in letter and sprits leading to considerable reductions in cost and greenhouse gas emissions through systematic management of energy.

The stepwise approach for EnMS implementation included development of an energy policy, appointment of an energy management team led by an energy manager, energy documentation system and system evaluation, he said.

It is notable that to ensure implementation of the EnMS, SMEDA has also provided proper training to the selected SMEs and to continue facilitation for other units of the SME sector, a network of the Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) has been developed and trained to work on performance contracting basis.

For more information, contact:
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA)
4th Floor, Building No. 3, Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex,
Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-111-111-456
Fax: +92-42-36304926-7
Email: aligohar@smeda.org.pk, helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk

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