Energy Efficiency Workshops Focus on Cost Competitiveness

THE INDIAN Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) organised a Workshop on Enhancing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency & Cost Competitiveness

Urging the smaller businesses to work towards energy efficiency, the Indian Home Secretary, Ram Niwas, said that with the introduction of nuclear based power plants, companies would have to look for cost effective and energy efficient solutions.

Industry clusters would have to transform themselves into self-contained energy efficiency models, Ram Niwas added, citing the examples from South Korea, Japan and England. He pointed out that India already have a deficit of natural resources with their nuclear energy underutilised, while they are only using 3 percent nuclear energy as against 30 – 40 percent in South Korea and Europe.

Nitin K Peshawaria, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council mentioned that Indian Industry can grow and survive only by becoming more competitive. It's high time, we began contemplating on matters such as 'how to meet our energy needs', 'the role of renewable and alternative sources', 'accelerating energy conservation efforts' and implementing the best practices and techniques to save costs.

The CII – BEE project would go a long way in this regard by involving in-depth interventions at the firm level for energy audits thus helping the companies with efficient & optimal utilisation of energy resources & save costs.

"Energy Efficiency is one of the key areas where CII Cluster approach helps SMEs to enhance their competitiveness by Identification of avoidable energy losses, quantification of losses, recommendations for minimising / eliminating the identified losses, monitoring support in implementation, training & guidelines for implementation & vendor Identification" added Mr Peshawaria.

Rohit Grover, Convenor, MSMEs Panel, CII Chandigarh Council & Director, JREW Engineering Ltd while sharing his views said that large number of MSMEs were located in clusters, with a huge potential for energy savings. He added that there is a dire need to guide these companies towards achieving overall excellence in their business operations with respect to their energy consumption and energy saving opportunities.

Monday 22nd November 2010

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