Promoting energy efficiency for cleaner and cheaper textile and MSME sector has become a priority for nearly 450 textile dyeing and processing mills in and around Surat. The textile cluster shall be first to adopt such mass technological up-gradation in India with support from MSME Ministry. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the MSME Ministry and South Gujarat Textile Processors’ Association (SGTPA) was signed for providing world class technology support to implement energy efficient and eco-friendly technology within the textile processing industry in Surat. The project ‘promoting market transfer for energy efficiency in MSME’ is a joint initiative by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) and Office of the Development Commissioner MSME which is slated to implement in Surat cluster among SGTPA members.
According to SGTPA, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) will implement the project on behalf of MSME Ministry. EESL provide energy and water conserving solutions to the industry and aim at saving at least 15 per cent of these resources from current level. This would be achieved through replacement of inefficient old equipment like boilers, motors, drum dryers, screw compressors etc. where 20 per cent of the cost of replacement would be borne by the mill and rest would be funded by the government. EESL would also audit the mills at a regular interval and saving by the processing mill will be refunded to them after the audit.