Resource efficient supply chain for metal products in buildings sector in South Asia, in short METABUILD Project is a 4-year project started in March 2016 and ending in February 2020 supported by the European Union (EU) under the SWITCH Asia Programme. There are altogether seven partners working and this project is being implemented in 3 countries: Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is implementing it in Bangladesh, Society for Environmental and Economic Development Nepal (SEED Nepal) is implementing it in Nepal, and National Cleaner Production (NCPC) of Sri Lanka is implementing it in Sri Lanka. The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and STENUM Asia from India, Austria Recycling (AREC) from Austria and adelphi Research gGmbH (adelphi) from Germany are helping in the implementation in all the three countries; TERI being the Principal Applicant and the main coordinator for the Project. The project has been highly successful and the closing events are conducted in all three countries. Nepal had its closing events from 16th to 25th January 2020 in 5 different locations Kathmandu, Pokhara, Tilottama in Rupandehi, Biratnagar and Birgunj.
The closing event in the Kathmandu was held on 16th January 2020, in Hotel Shangri-La, Lazimpat, Kathmandu. Invitation were sent to the all participating industries of Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts, the outstanding industries from each locations and also some of the industries for experience sharing. Some of the stakeholders like related Government office including Social Welfare Council (SWC) and District Coordination Committees (DCCs), academic institutions, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and media persons were also invited. The METABUID team members from partner organizations TERI, STENUM Asia, adelphi and AREC were also present. The programme was chaired by Mr. Bala Bahadur Pradhan, Chairperson of SEED Nepal.
Inauguration was done by Chief Guest Mr. Shekhar Golchha, Senior Vice President, FNCCI. Mr Govinda Tiwari from SEED Nepal was the Master of Ceremony. Mr. Bala Bahadur Pradhan initiated the programme by welcoming all the participants. Mr. Pradhan mentioned the successful implementations of the METABUILD project in the country. The programme was then addressed by Deputy Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nepal, Ms. Eloisa Astudillo Fernandez. She explained about the European Green Deal in the development of circular economy. She also mentioned this METABUILD SWITCH Asia project is a very interesting project implemented simultaneously in three countries and able to enhance productivity, use energy efficiently resulting in to contribute also in Climate Change issue.
Dr. Malini Balakrishnan, Project Coordinator of METABUILD project from TERI presented overview and achievements of the METABUILD project. Dr. Malini mentioned the objectives of the METABUILD Project as reducing waste emissions and increasing resource efficiency in 400 metal component SMEs for building and construction sectors in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Focusing on preventive approach, she narrated the procedures and also briefed on the achievements. According to her, in 403 industries in these three countries, 3,620 measures were implemented. The project supported access to finance in 120 companies, involving 192 technology suppliers, sensitized 2,933 persons on RECP, trained 59 local consultants. The outcomes were the savings of more than 28 million units of electricity/ fuel, 42 million liters of water, 2.3 million kgs of materials, 9,600 Tonnes of CO2 (greenhouse gas). It reduced 538 Tonnes of wastes and resulted in the monetary saving of 2.9 million Euros.
Mr. Amar B. Manandhar, Executive Director of SEED Nepal and Project Manager of METABUILD Project Nepal presented on METABUILD activities and impacts in Nepal. Mr. Manandhar started with the introduction of SEED Nepal and mentioned that this organization has professionals with long years of experience in RECP. METABUILD project has been highly successful in Nepal as there are four of the partners helping SEED Nepal and the approach and methodology used have been very efficient. The project has used 40 technology suppliers, assisted 34 industries to get loan from banks, has trained 184 persons and provided in-house awareness training to 1,270 persons from the participating industries. The outcomes of the project have been saving in the valuable resources: more than 10 million units of electricity (fuel), 1,300 t of raw materials, 34,000 kl of water, and reduction the waste generation: 457 t of wastes and 3,900 t of greenhouse gas (Carbon Dioxide). 82 participating industries were recommended 980 measures and out of these 728 measures have been implemented as of 30 September 2019. For the implementation, industries have invested NPR 101 million. The annual savings from the implementation have been NPR 144 million resulting in the payback period of just 8.5 months. Also the working conditions of the participating industries have been improved significantly as 770 persons from 80 industries surveyed indicated that 74 of the 80 industries have been assigned 6 and above for 74 industries.
After these presentations, representatives from three participating industries namely Mr. Ujjwal Shrestha from Panchakanya Steel Pvt. Ltd., Rupandehi, Mr. Rohit Agrawal from Mainawati Steel Industries Pvt. Ltd., Sunsari and Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Jha from Hulas Wire Industries Ltd. shared their valuable experiences on implementation of RECP supported by METABUILD Project. They mentioned the benefits they have been able to get from the participation in the Project.
After the experience sharing session, Certificates of Participation and Outstanding Certificates were distributed by Mr. Shekhar Golchha, Ms. Eloisa Astudillo Fernandez and Dr. Malini Balakrishnan. Then, Chief Guest Mr. Shekhar Golcha had given his remarks. In his remarks, he emphasized on the need to enhance Productivity and lowering the cost of doing business in Nepal. He pointed out that Projects like METABUILD are the need of time in Nepal. Such projects must be implemented in other sectors of the industries as well. After that, METABUILD Video was shown in the programme. Mr. Govinda Tiwari closed the programme after giving his Vote of Thanks. Lastly the participants had filled up their feedback on how useful the programme was.