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Workshop on 'project development support on enhancement of energy efficiency investment' 10th March 2016 at Varanasi

TERI is executing a BEE-SIDBI-World Bank-GEF project to increase demand for energy efficiency investments and enhance access to commercial finance in Varanasi Mixed Industries Cluster. Under the project, TERI has conducted detailed energy audits and prepared IGDPRs of selected units in the cluster. TERI is also providing facilitation and implementation support to MSMEs to adopt energy efficient technologies.

A second awareness workshop on 'project development support on enhancement of energy efficiency investment' was organised under the project on 10 March 2016 at Hotel Madhuvan Palace, Chandpur Industrial Estate, Varanasi. The workshop was jointly organized by TERI, SIDBI in collaboration with The Small Industries Association (SIA), Chandpur Varanasi. About 65 participants from SME industries, MSME-DI, energy efficient technology providers, consultancy agencies and other organizations attended the event.

Mr Rajesh Verma, President, SIA welcomed the participants to the event. He explained the activities of SIA to disseminate knowledge of energy efficiency among industry. Mr Verma also requested TERI to include other sub-sectors in the project.

Mr Umesh Singh, Joint Commissioner, Industries, Varanasi shared his view towards the need of energy efficiency and conservation for industries. He also focused on enhancement of competitiveness though the tool of energy conservation. He added the need of more implementation focused energy audits in the cluster.

Mr I B Singh, Deputy Director, MSME, Varanasi appreciated the project activities conducted by TERI in the cluster and requested to conduct similar activities in other nearby clusters such as Mau, Azamgarh and Jonepur. He also assured that MSME-DI will provide all necessary support during the awareness campaigns and implementation of similar projects in these clusters. Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Dy. General Manager, SIDBI, sensitized the participants on the need of energy efficiency to enhance their profits. He also shared the initiatives and schemes of SIDBI to promote energy efficiency in MSMEs. Mr Bhavesh Swami, BEE, shared the activities conducted by BEE under WB-GEF project. He also informed about the knowledge exchange portal created under the project.

Mr Pawan Kumar Tiwari, Fellow, TERI summarized the outcomes of the project as well as the brief information about the implementations completed so far. Mr Satish Nema, Assistant General Manager, SIDBI, Varanasi, highlighted the initiatives and schemes of SIDBI for helping growth of SMEs. Mr Sachin Verma, SIDBI explained the 4E scheme and activities of ISTSL for promotion of energy efficiency in MSMEs. He also shared about the videos prepared by BEE on the various energy efficient technology measures and best operating practices. Mr Rajeev Yadav, TERI presented the case studies on the implemented projects in Varanasi clusters under WB-GEF project. He also provided an overview of the energy savings achieved, and investments made for EETs.

During the workshop, a local vendor of energy efficient technologies demonstrated products like LED lights for industrial applications, energy efficient fans etc. Participants also interacted with vendors for adoption of energy efficient lighting and fans in their units'. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Mr Anupam Nema, Treasurer, SIA.

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