KARACHI - Industries would be able to save up to 25pc of energy through implementing the suggestions and recommendations of the energy audit by experts, and this would reflect in the energy bills.

The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) endorsed the energy efficiency project of Espire which has two components namely the Energy and Green productivity and welcomed the much needed programmes in Pakistan at the behest of the government of Pakistan.

President Unisame Zulfikar Thaver thanked the government of Germany for initiating and sponsoring the energy saving project in Pakistan and assigning the task to  BFZ GMBH of Germany who are working on the project along with international organisations and local partners from trade associations.  Thaver said this project is a feather in the cap of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda). The industry support cell of SMEDA is working in collaboration with BFZ the principal consultants and  JICA, GIZ, BFZ, APO,SES and UNIDO.  Smeda is offering sectoral services and is also serving individual SMEs and has made the first SME policy. It is a policy making body and advises the government from time to time by way of suggestions, recommendations to facilitate, motivate, support and encourage the SMEs, he added. He said 55 units have benefited as they have been facilitated and 44 more in the process. Besides, Smeda has taken major initiatives in trainings and creating linkages between academia and industry and developing best practices manuals. Government needs to create awareness and energy saving programmes need to be conducted at all levels to educate the masses to save every single unit of energy, he added.