EU launches project to op­ti­mise Pak­istan’s sugar in­dus­try

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The Euro­pean Union (EU) launched a struc­tured tech­ni­cal as well as fi­nan­cial sup­port pro­gram to help Pak­istan’s sugar in­dus­try be­come self-sus­tain­able in terms of re­source and en­ergy con­sump­tion.

The “Im­ple­men­ta­tion of Re­source and En­ergy Ef­fi­cient Tech­nolo­gies Project” (IREET Project), aims to achieve this by sup­port­ing sugar mills through tech­nol­ogy stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, en­abling ac­cess to fi­nance and mo­bil­is­ing rel­e­vant pub­lic-sec­tor au­thor­i­ties.

Benoist Bazin, Head of Co­op­er­a­tion, Del­e­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union to Pak­istan, in­au­gu­rated the project un­der the EU SWITCH ASIA Pro­gram.

Most of the sugar mills in Pak­istan use out­dated tech­nolo­gies and prac­tices for pro­duc­tion, re­sult­ing in high in­ef­fi­cien­cies, wastage of en­ergy and biomass re­sources and in­creased cost of pro­duc­tion.

The project was fo­cused on pro­vid­ing sup­port to sugar sec­tor, fi­nan­cial sec­tor, tech­nol­ogy providers and pub­lic sec­tor in pop­u­lar­iz­ing re­source con­ser­va­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency tech­nolo­gies.

The pro­gram will en­gage ac­tors from the sugar sec­tor, fi­nan­cial sec­tor and pub­lic sec­tor to cre­ate the req­ui­site tech­ni­cal, fi­nan­cial and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment to en­sure wide adop­tion of re­source con­ser­va­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies. Omar M Ma­lik, Project Di­rec­tor IREET Project, said this pro­gram would build upon the les­son learned from HP Co­gen-Pak project, which worked with NEPRA, AEDB, CPPA/NTDC, 72 Sugar Mills, 16 fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and six tech­nol­ogy providers in sugar sec­tor of Pak­istan for the pro­mo­tion of HP Co­gen tech­nol­ogy.

“The IREET project will re­sult in ca­pac­ity en­hance­ment of sugar mills to se­lect en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies, build the ca­pac­ity of so­lu­tion providers to of­fer R&EE (Re­source and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency) de­signs, work with NEECA (Na­tional En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity) for re­vi­sion of Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Pol­icy for es­tab­lish­ment of con­ducive reg­u­la­tory regime, and work with State Bank of Pak­istan and lead­ing fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions for im­prov­ing ac­cess to fi­nance for R&EE tech­nolo­gies in the sugar sec­tor,” Ma­lik said.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony was also at­tended by Roshan Ara, De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor, Trade and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion, and Im­ran Ashraf, De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor In­fra­struc­ture/En­ergy and Cli­mate Change, Del­e­ga­tion of the EU to Pak­istan.

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