LAHORE  - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has commenced implementation on a biomass energy project which is aimed at promoting market based adoption of Biomass Gasification Technology (BGT) for power generation and thermal applications. It was disclosed by Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA here today.  

We cannot just rely on Diesel Genset to meet our energy gaps, now the time has come when we should start adopting efficient, biomass gasification technologies which are very successful for SMEs, he said and assured to provide all the guidance, information and trainings to SMEs for biomass projects so that confidence of SMEs can be enhanced. He told that in order to enlighten potential SMEs about the techno-commercial viability of the project and considering potential of Gujranwala based industries, the first awareness raising workshop was held the other day at Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce (GCCI). He informed that the industrialists representing rice processing, wood based products, textiles, packaging and ceramics had shown deep interest for onward adoption of BGTs.

SMEDA CEO lamented that the current energy crisis had adversely affected SMEs of Pakistan resulting into decreased productivity and increased unemployment .But, Pakistan being an agricultural country has enormous biomass resources which is a sustainable fuel for our future, he said adding that Biomass including rice husk, corn cob, wood chips, sawdust etc. were being used successfully both for process heat and power generation by many economies of the world including Thailand, China, India and Cambodia.