Karachi (PR):  Bfz gGmbH (Germany) with SMEDA & Pakistani business associations helped small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in saving 7% of their energy costs with investments that paid back in less than 9 months. This is the average result achieved in 55 SMEs from textiles, auto-part and other sectors since 2011 through energy saving measures implemented under project ESPIRE. The participating factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot together realized energy savings of 28,000,000 kWh per annum which corresponds to a total of 92 Million PKR.

Espire energy’s focus goes beyond Energy Audits as it includes strong support in implementation and impact monitoring to ensure significant energy and cost savings; explains Salahuddin Farrukh, National Project Coordinator of bfz gGmbH. “Training on Energy Efficiency in the participating companies enables the employees and managers to recognize the energy saving potential and to continuously improve energy efficiency.”

Mr. Junaid Makda, Director of Makda Industries is showing this change in mind-set after participating in project ESPIRE; “My factory benefited from significant energy and cost savings by implementing energy conservation measures, and training of our mangers for continuous improvement. I strongly recommend all the companies to learn from the successes, and to improve their energy efficiency and profitability.”

Currently 35 further companies follow the example of Mr. Makda and make energy efficiency a priority with the support of project ESPIRE. Foreseeing sustained energy crisis, more companies are getting keen to benefit from established services offered by Institutions like SMEDA, PHMA, PRGMEA and PAAPAM, with the support from bfz gGmbH.

Project ESPIRE was started by the Vocational Training & Development Centers of the Bavarian Employers’ Association (bfz) gGmbH – one of the largest private providers of vocational training in Germany. The International Division of bfz conducts development cooperation projects on behalf of  World Bank, European Union, and the German government in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In Pakistan bfz gGmbH is collaborating with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) which is a strategic partner in ESPIRE project providing matchmaking & technical services to the industry. Organization and marketing of energy services is carried out by following project partners; Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PHMA), Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (TMA), Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), and Federal B Area Association of Trade and Industry (FBATI).

The Project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via Sequa gGmbH.