The Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has initiated Energy Manager Training Program in collaboration with the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) for industry professionals involved in energy management. The objective of this training program is to upgrade the existing silks and knowledge of energy managers to carry out energy conservation activities on continuous basis.
The training was held at the UMT campus. The first module was conducted on Energy Efficiency in Thermal Utilities and 30 industry professionals participated in the training session. Faculty members of engineering institutions such as UET, NUST and UMT participated in the training session. The opening ceremony was attended by senior officials of SMEDA, APTMA, GTZ and UMT. Training program on remaining modules (Power Generation and Distribution, Electric Motors, Compressors, HVAC and CDM) is planned for August 2010.
The closing ceremony of the training session was attended by Fayyaz Ahmed Riaz from SMEDA, Abbas Mehmood from GTZ and Dr Nabeel Amin from UMT. Fayyaz Ahmed thanked the resource persons, participants and all the stakeholders involved in the training. Abbas Mehmood expressed similar sentiments and hoped that the same kind of hospitality would be extended to them by UMT in the future also. Dr Nabeel Amin shared his views and experiences about the textile sector. He informed everyone that the Textile Department at the University of Management and Technology is offering energy specialization at bachelor and master level. He thanked all the support departments at UMT and extended special note of thanks to Suhail Maqsood, Noor Aslam Khan and Waqas Lodhi for making this event a success. In the end, he presented souvenirs to the representative of SMEDA, GTZ, and APTMA.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Fayyaz Ahmed Riaz, DGM SMEDA, said that efficient use of energy has positive implications at the macro level of the general economy. He informed that SMEDA, in collaboration with other associations, will broaden the scope of the Energy Manager Training Program to other industrial sectors. He thanked the University of Management and Technology, and appreciated the efforts of Dr Nabeel Amin, In-charge, Department of Textiles, for making the event possible.
Anis-ul-Haq, Secretary, APTMA, said that the textile industry has realized the importance of the elimination of the wasteful component in energy consumption. He added that the textile sector consumes around 1500 MW of electricity, while in-house gas based power generation systems supplies 70% of this power. Bernhard Meyhoefer, Principal Advisor, GTZ, said that the objective of this initiative is to build capacities/capabilities of the public and private sector to implement activities of energy efficiency in SMEs and institutions to have strategies for increasing energy efficiency. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector, UMT, also spoke on the occasion. He said that the country is facing heavy electricity shortfall and only energy conservation can provide immediate solution to avoid difficulties. He also congratulated Dr Nabeel Amin for starting such an innovative program.