The pro­ject SEID for the pro­mo­tion of re­source ef­fi­ciency

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With the first grow­ing of tourism and agro based in­dus­tries both in Nepal and Bhutan which con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to their GDP, em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion, and for­eign ex­change earn­ings also serves as an en­gine for poverty alle­vi­a­tion.

How­ever, the rise in the ar­rival of the tourists has put an ex­tra pres­sure on de­vel­op­ing ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture and had en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, waste gen­er­a­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. More­over, the com­pet­i­tive­ness of agro based in­dus­tries is fast erod­ing as a re­sult of out­dated tech­nol­ogy, lack of op­ti­mized process and un­sus­tain­able sourc­ing. Although both Nepal and Bhutan have plenty of wa­ter sup­ply but the wa­ter ta­bles in many fa­mous tourist des­ti­na­tions and in­dus­trial zones are stressed.

These are big chal­lenges that need to be ad­dressed. For this, the pro­ject Sus­tain­able and Ef­fi­cient In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment in Nepal and Bhutan (SEID) was de­signed to di­rectly ad­dressed sev­eral is­sues faced by both the sec­tors and trans­fer best prac­tices, tech­nol­ogy and proven ap­proaches on sus­tain­able con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion (SCP). How­ever, this pro­ject was for 14 months which starts from Fe­bru­ary, 2012 till Novem­ber 2015.

The pro­ject was funded by the Euro­pean Union (EU) with the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of 2mn Euro and was im­ple­mented by Cen­ter for Ap­pro­pri­ate Tech­nol­ogy (GrAT) and part­ners- Asia So­ci­ety for So­cial Im­prove­ment and Sus­tain­able Trans­for­ma­tion (AS­SIST), Fed­er­a­tion of Nepalese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FNCCI), Bhutan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (BCCI), Deutsche Ge­sellschaft fur In­ter­na­tionale Zusam­me­nar­beit (GIZ), Aus­tria Re­cy­cling (AREC) and Stenum ASIA Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence last Fri­day, Deputy Sec­re­tary of Bhutan Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try (BCCI) Mr. Ke­sang Wangdi, said that this pro­ject is on pro­mo­tion of re­source ef­fi­ciently with the mi­cro, small and medium En­ter­prises (MSMEs) has tar­geted and he added that to­day Bhutan en­joy the cheap­est energy but it doesn’t mean that we can keep on de­pen­dent on this abun­dant re­sources since the whole world in un­der tremen­dous pres­sure for the lim­ited re­sources but for Bhutan we are for­tu­nate to re­ceived this sup­port. This pro­ject fo­cused mostly on the MSMEs, Deputy sec­re­tary, added that pri­vate sec­tor is the big­gest sec­tor and they play the cru­cial role in terms of re­source ef­fi­ciency and added that this pro­ject fo­cus mostly on the MSMEs as of now.

Lead Pro­ject Man­ager Dr. Robert Wim­mer, said that to ad­dress these deep rooted chal­lenges of agro-and tourism based in­dus­tries, the pro­ject SEID in Bhutan and Nepal has been ac­tive since Fe­bru­ary, 2012 through its forty months pro­gram. With the fund from Euro­pean Union, and co-funds by the Aus­trian De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, pro­ject pro­vides con­sult­ing ser­vices to MSMEs to help them to tackle the prob­lems through a holis­tic ap­proach em­brac­ing im­prove­ment of re­source and energy ef­fi­ciency, chem­i­cal and waste man­age­ment, and work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­gram aims at gen­er­at­ing eco­nomic sav­ings and to be greener by var­i­ous means such as re­duc­ing con­sump­tion, re­plac­ing old sys­tem and tools and adopt­ing al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion, said the Dr. Robert.

This pro­ject is tar­geted to mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises from the tourism and agro based in­dus­tries; lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal and energy ex­perts and ser­vice providers; busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions, in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions and academia; public in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment author­i­ties, in­dus­trial park man­age­ment author­i­ties and pol­icy mak­ers and com­pany work­ers es­pe­cially women.

While, the ob­jec­tive of the projects are to re­duce costs and pol­lu­tion; im­prove health and safety per­for­mance in the tar­get sec­tors; to en­hance the ca­pac­ity of na­tional an­chor as­so­ci­a­tions/ser­vice providers to col­lab­o­rate and pro­mote sus­tain­able prac­tices to their sup­ply chain/mem­bers, pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port and in­put to MSMEs to im­prove the over­all re­source ef­fi­ciency of their pro­duc­tion process from the life cy­cle per­spec­tive; more­over this pro­ject also aims to build strate­gic part­ner­ships with on-go­ing ini­tia­tives in the tar­get sec­tor, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to ex­ist­ing knowl­edge, in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign ma­te­rial to ad­dress needs of MSMEs and to fa­cil­i­tate di­a­logu­ing and net­work­ing amongst key stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, academia aimed at cre­at­ing and en­abling en­vi­ron­ment which prop­a­gates and pro­motes adop­tion of sus­tain­able in­dus­trial prac­tices.

Mean­while, from this pro­ject 80 com­pa­nies are ben­e­fit­ing in Bhutan as of now lo­cated in Thim­phu, Phuntshol­ing, Samtse and Paro.

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