Over 100 Pakistani companies saved Rs. 155.0 million per year through ESPIRE Project

Lahore, May 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): In total, over 100 factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot implemented Energy Efficiency measures and saved over 155.0 Million PKR per year with the payback rate of 4 months only. It was disclosed by Ms. Susanne Ditter, international coordinator of the German organization “bfz gGmbh” at closing ceremony of their project “ESPIRE” held today at a local hotel. Mr. Salman Butt, ESPIRE Coordinator of Punjab Region, Mr. Jawwad A. Chaudhary, Director Musterhaft Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed, DGM SMEDA, Mr. Iftikhar Ahmer, Chairman PAAPAM Skill development center, Mr. Mohammad Ayub, Secretary PHMA and Mr. Sajid Saleem Minhas, representqtive of PRGMEA shared their experiences and appreciated the support they received during the project

Salman Butt, coordinator of Punjab region, presented the project approach: “It went beyond Energy Audits and included support in implementation and impact monitoring. Capacity Building through Trainings and Study tours to Germany and Brazil for Association Members, as well as industry representatives, enabled the employees and managers to recognize the energy saving potential and take the lead in further energy efficiency improvements,” he confirmed.

“The project has shown that also small and medium sized companies can reduce their energy costs significantly with low investment. We have noticed an increased awareness and a change in mind-set by a lot of factories during the last eight years that we have worked in Pakistan. We hope that this success story will continue,” stated Salman Butt.

Mr. Jawwad A. Chaudhary, Director Musterhaft Pvt. Ltd. acknowledged the support of project in improving productivity and reducing energy cost in his company. Mr. Abdul Razzaq Gauhar, CEO Infinity Engineering showcased successful implementation of Energy Management System in his company and announced that his company has become the first Pakistani company that got ISO 50001 certified this year and was accompanied in this process by the project.

It is notable that the project ESPIRE was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by bfz gGmbH came to an end after eight years of successful implementation.“The principal project objective was to support Pakistani industry to work economically more efficiently and ecologically more sustainable, by directly supporting Business Associations in that field”, explained. “Thanks to the excellent support of our national partners, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), partnering Business Associations, as well as our consultants, we have achieved this objective.”

In Pakistan the project was run in collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association (PHMA), Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (TMA), as well as Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM).

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