Change in energy consumption pattern must to fight crisis: workshop told

KARACHI: The acute energy crises facing by Pakistan could be addressed without spending huge money on more power generation only by bringing a revolution in the energy consumption pattern in the country, said Martin Straechle, International Project Coordinator of Espire, while addressing a workshop on importance of energy efficiency for sustainable growth at a local hotel on Thursday.

“To tap the huge unused potential of energy saving people must understand that the energy crisis in not only determined by politics and energy suppliers but that every Pakistani can make a difference by making small efforts such as shutting-down lights when leaving the room, keeping temperature of air conditioners to 25 and considering energy efficiency when purchasing new electric equipment,” he added.

He said that change of behaviour required knowledge of the public that could only be achieved through regular information on the subject in the media. He informed the participants that plans to overcome the energy crisis concentrate on costly long-term power plant projects to increase the energy supply, while a more efficient use of energy could be a short-term economic solution.

He said that besides householders, companies could also save a huge amount of energy immediately by adopting energy efficiency tactics with no or very low investment, like maintenance of motors, installation of efficient lighting and shut-down of unused electric equipments.

He gave an example that a factory in Karachi nowadays has to pay Rs 12 to 18 for per electricity unit while by implementing of Espire’s energy efficiency projects the factory could save one unit of power by an average investment of Rs2 only, which was 6 to 9 times less than the purchase of the same amount of energy.

“Project Espire has enabled industries to save 7% of their energy cost with investments that paid back in less than 9 months. This is the average result achieved in 55 companies from textiles, auto-part and other sectors since 2011 through energy saving measures, implementing under the project,” he said.

He said that the participating factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot together realized saving of 28,000,000 units per annum which corresponded to total or Rs92 millions.

Participants of the workshop learned a lot about how to conserve energy that is being wasted in huge amounts which results in a steep increase in electricity prices for industries and causing high cost of production hence lower profits and growth.

It is pertinent to mention here that project Espire is a partnership project of bfz-gGmbH Germany, with business associations in Pakistan. Objective of the project is to support the industry in Pakistan to work economically more efficient and ecologically sustainable.

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