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Yesterday the small energy efficiency working groups (SEEWGs) of three top tier garment industries, namely Tusuka Group, DBL Group and Mohammadi Group, of Bangladesh presented energy efficiency action plans to their top managements under the regional digital small energy efficiency group programme. This energy efficiency programme was initiated in September within the framework of the GIZ’s internal sector network called TUEWAS and is being implemented in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Vietnam.
Three companies per country have participated in the programme and formed SEEWGs in each company with the industry personnel of different departments, such as, maintenance, planning, procurement and management. Over the course of 3 months, International and national experts developed capacity of the SEEWGs on energy auditing, economic analysis and preparing action plans for energy efficiency.
The Bangladesh part of the programme is being supported by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programme (REEEP II) of GIZ Bangladesh in collaboration with the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA).
During the online event yesterday, the SEEWGs delivered presentations on the results of energy audits conducted at their respective facilities and shared the time-bound activities that would enable them to implement energy management system according to ISO50001:2018. Managements of three companies in their remarks have shown deep interest to undertake the presented measures to enhance energy efficiency and bring behavioral changes on energy consumption to further move towards sustainability.
During the online event, Senior Advisor of GIZ Shafiqul Alam provided detailed background of the programme and said, energy efficiency improvement is a continuous process and therefore, the formation of SEEWGs at industries would allow the exchange of new ideas on energy efficiency among them at regular interval and thus the industries would benefit from increased competitiveness.
Thilo Baar, International Expert, Arqum GmbH, Germany, thanked the SEEWGs for their considerable efforts during this Covid-19 to come up with excellent recommendations for their managements. He expressed his satisfaction to learn that the managements of the companies would systematically implement the energy efficiency measures.
Mohammad Monower Hossain, Senior Deputy Secretary, BGMEA, said the programme is the first of its kind in Bangladesh and the innovativeness lies on the formation of SEEWGs. Once these companies implement Energy management system, there is a possibility that other industries would follow the suit.
Golam Kibria, the national expert from Bangladesh, moderated the session.