The 403 participating SMEs were sensitised on RECP and over 3600 RECP measures were implemented based on the recommendations given by the project teams. Many of these measures were “low” or “no” cost in terms of financial investments and led to considerable monetary savings. These measures targeted energy use, water use, material use and waste generation. The energy saved contributed directly to reductions in CO2 emissions.
To create an enabling environment for assessing participating SMEs and supporting RECP implementation, first, a team of consultants was locally selected and trained. Teams of local consultants and international experts then supported SMEs to interconnect with technology suppliers and financial institutions to implement some of the more expensive measures.
The information below is based on project results as of 31 December 2019.
Energy saving measures were implemented in all three countries and the kWh savings per annum are comparable. In terms of water saved, the amounts differed for the three countries. SMEs in Nepal that regularly faced issues with water availability implemented many relevant measures in line with the industrial imperative of water conservation across the country, whereas in Bangladesh, where water availability is not a major issue, showed lower levels of water savings per annum. The opportunity for waste minimization was tapped most notably in Nepal which also experienced high material savings – where the significant material loss due to poor handling/storage of material was taking place in SMEs prior to the project intervention. In Bangladesh, some high impact measures were initiated later in the project and, hence, could not be completed within the project lifecycle. These measures included process layout changes to avoid cooling then reheating steel billets and the installation of more efficient furnaces, which have the potential for significant energy demand reduction while simultaneously increasing output. The estimated savings from such measures would measurably enhance the figures for Bangladeshi SMEs.
The information below is based on results until 31 December 2019.