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Leading the Transition to Clean Energy

In the framework of the Financial Cooperation between India and Germany, the German Development Bank (KfW) is providing an energy efficiency (EE) and a cleaner production (CP) credit line to the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).


The credit lines (worth EUR 88.5 million) are targeted for investment loans for EE and CP measures in existing micro, small, and medium industrial enterprises (MSME) in India. The consulting consortium of Adelphi Consult (Adelphi), International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and Triodos Facet Consulting (Triodos) has been contracted by SIDBI to provide Technical Assistance to both the credit lines. The technical assistance project aims at assisting SIDBI and potential clients of the credit lines to identify, plan, evaluate and implement investments eligible under the two credit lines.

In this context, the consultants have shortlisted 18 clusters in India to organize awareness workshops and promote credit lines. The first workshop in the series was organized in Belgaum Foundry Cluster (BFC), Karnataka on 15 March 2011 in association with SIDBI and Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF) – Belgaum chapter. The Workshop was attended by about 100 participants including promoters of MSMEs in the Belgaum area, energy auditors and other stakeholders involved in promotion of EE and CP in MSMEs.

Mr. Shishir Athale, EE specialist from IIEC spoke about specific EE measures and technologies applicable for Belgaum foundries by discussing particular case studies. He recommended that melting process being the major consumer of fuel in foundries (~60%), adoption of EE practices and simple operating practices especially in the areas of moulding, gating and methoding, pouring will increase throughput and save on energy costs.

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