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Workshop On 'Energy Consumption And Conservation Opportunities In Panipat Textile Cluster' On 7 April 2016 At Panipat

A major barrier to formulate policies and programs on energy efficiency improvement in the MSME sector is the lack of comprehensive data on energy usage patterns among many MSME clusters. Against this backdrop, TERI with support from Shakti Sustainable Energy foundation (SSEF) is undertaking a project to collate energy data and develop cluster profile reports of selected energy intensive MSME clusters in the highly industrialized states of Haryana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Panipat textile is one of the clusters selected under the project. Panipat is a renowned industrial cluster of Haryana having about 3200 textile, home furnishing, dyeing and yarn units that are manufacturing a range of products such as tufted/shaggy carpets, durries, blankets, towels, sofa covers, curtain cloth, mats, cotton/woolen yarn and so on.

In order to initiate the project activities and interact with key stakeholders, a cluster level workshop was organized by TERI in collaboration with Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI), Panipat Chapter on 7 April 2016 at Panipat. The workshop was attended by about 50 participants including senior representatives of HCCI, leading textile and home furnishing units, Panipat Dyers Association, MSME-Development Institute-Karnal, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), consultancy organizations and TERI.

The workshop helped to generate awareness among stakeholders about the energy conservation opportunities for textile and allied units and the government schemes available to adopt new energy efficient technologies. In the opening remarks, Mr Pritam Singh Sachdeva, Chairperson, HCCI, Panipat welcomed the participants and thanked SSEF/TERI for supporting the workshop. He spoke about the importance of energy efficiency in the textile units of Panipat. He mentioned that energy accounts about 30% of the production costs of the units and the units should put continuous efforts to reduce their production costs so that the cluster remains competitive. He also urged the participants to adopt energy efficient technologies and generate their own power by installing solar power plants on their rooftops.

Mr D K Tyagi, Assistant Director, MSME-DI, Karnal outlined the schemes offered by the Ministry for promotion on energy efficient technologies in the MSME sector. He shared details of the Technology and Quality Upgradation (TEQUP) scheme under which support is available for conducting energy audits, preparation of DPR and adoption of energy efficient technology. A capital subsidy of 25% of the project cost subject to a maximum of rupees ten lakhs is available for adoption technologies that result in over 15% energy savings. He also highlighted other schemes offered by DCMSME to improve the productivity and marketing of the units.

Highlighting the importance of energy mapping in MSME clusters, Mr Upinder Singh Dhingra, Associate Fellow, TERI, mentioned that there is scarcity of energy consumption data on MSME sub-sectors/clusters-essential for realization of the importance of the sector for energy planners at the national and state levels. Subsequently, he spoke on various projects undertaken by TERI for energy data mapping in MSME clusters. With support from SSEF, TERI is conducting an energy/technology mapping exercise in Panipat and will develop a cluster profile report upon its completion. He informed the participants about the SAMEEEKSHA knowledge sharing platform and the activities conducted under the same. He showed the participants, the newly developed graphical interface on the SAMEEEKSHA website-the 'MSME map of India' that hosts information on several energy intensive MSME clusters. Information about Panipat textile cluster will feature on the map soon, he added. Lastly, he provided an overview of Panipat textile cluster.

Prior to the workshop, experts from TERI conducted visits to selected textile/home furnishing units in Panipat to understand the energy consumption areas/technologies employed in the units and identify possible energy conservation opportunities. The findings were presented to the participants by Mr Pawan Kumar Tiwari, Fellow, TERI. He explained in detail the energy conservation options for different process areas of textile/home furnishing and dyeing units and the energy savings that can be achieved upon implementation. The major areas where energy use can be optimized include process heating systems (thermic fluid heaters and steam boilers); auxiliaries associated with textile process/machinery (stenter system and dyeing process); electric motors associated with rising machine/polishers; compressed air system; and lighting. He urged the participants units to use optimum capacity as well as high efficiency motors (IE2/IE3) to reap huge energy savings. The use of the process automation system in heating systems and scope of alternate sources of heating instead of electrical heating in polishers was also discussed.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Mr Vinod Khandelwal, Secretary, HCCI acknowledged the efforts of TERI in providing technical assistance and those of MSME-DI in extending support to MSMEs to adopt new technologies. He requested the MSME-DI to ease the process of applying and obtaining subsidies under various schemes. He mentioned that the industrialists of Panipat lack knowledge of new energy efficient technologies/practices and more workshops like these should be organized to generate awareness and stimulate action towards energy efficiency.

The workshop generated enormous response from the participants, many of whom expressed keen interest to improve energy efficiency of their plant. Many participants informed that their energy bill per month is in lakhs and urged TERI to undertake energy efficiency studies in their units.

Mr Bhim Rana, President, The Panipat Dyers Association informed that the dyeing itself is an energy intensive process and requested TERI to conduct a similar workshop specifically for dyeing units of Panipat.

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