STAFF REPORT ISB: APTMA Punjab and GIZ have recently organised a week-long training workshop of Energy Managers of the local industry. Certificates were also distributed among the participants at the end of the workshop. There was also a special half-day seminar for CEOs from textile industry of Punjab. The APTMA and GIZ co-operation was started back in 2008, followed by setting up of an Energy Cell, which later on converted into Sustainable Production Centre (SPC) in 2012.

Main objective of the SPC is to provide services including energy management system, energy conservation, renewable energy and technical trainings for the textile sector of Pakistan. Both sides are going to start social standards compliance and water management and climate change by 2015.

“The GIZ is a German development corporation, engaged with APTMA to make industry sustainable to meet challenges of energy security, affordability and environment. He said the participants in the training workshop were highly motivated and responsive to the trainers on every point,” said Senior Advisor GIZ Dr Frank Fecher.

Both APTMA and GIZ have achieved many targets including saving of 10MW electricity in around 40 mills and 150 energy managers have been trained so far through extensive technical training sessions held across the country with the help of GIZ. Many mills are now considering go to renewable energy for power generation based on extensive reports.

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