KATHMANDU: Chamber of Industries Morang (CIM) and Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Energy Efficiency Centre with technical support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, jointly arranged an orientation session on the importance of energy efficiency in industrial establishments for the industrialists.
In the programme attended by directors and managers of various industrial establishments, CIM Vice President (Energy Sector) Nand Kishor Rathi expressed his belief that if the industries can, directly and indirectly, manage the energy being wasted and find effective energy saving measures, hundreds of thousands of money could be saved annually. He stressed that industrial businesses should focus on getting more productivity from the available power by managing the wasted energy to reduce production costs.
During the orientation programme, GIZ Component Manager Sanjay Gorkhali urged industrialists to adopt the corresponding energy saving methods keeping in mind the policy that may come in the coming days in terms of energy consumption. He informed that GIZ was preparing an action plan to provide legal and institutional support to private sector industries. Meanwhile, the preparations are ongoing to take the energy efficiency programme nationwide, he added.
Gyanendra Upadhyay, Senior Energy Efficiency Expert at GIZ, suggested that industrialists conduct energy audits in order to reduce the cost of energy in the industry. He presented an example of the increased competitiveness of industries that have adopted measures to reduce energy consumption.
In the programme, Manager at Rastriya Banijya Bank, Kathmandu, Homraj Bhattarai, informed about the arrangements made by the commercial banks for the industries implementing the energy efficiency programme. Sudan Kayastha, Energy Consultant at Rip-Green, presented the concept regarding the energy currently consumed by the industrial sector. He said that GIZ has decided to carry out free energy testing in more than 50 industries in Nepal by 2024.
Addressing the programme, FNCCI senior official Milaw Shrestha said the federation is conducting these types of programmes in places with industrial corridors through the Energy Expertise Centre in view of the fact that many countries are prioritising the dimensions of reducing energy consumption.