Successful start of SME support programme in Nepal


The METABUILD project team is happy to announce that by the end of September this year (i.e. month 7 of the project) the first Initial Assessment Reports (IAR) were presented to selected Nepalese pioneer companies.


Dr Durga B. Karanjit, Mr Vikas Singh and Ms Deepsikha Byanju (METABUILD Team) handing over the Initial Assessment Report (IAR) to Mr T. N. Gupta, the Executive Director of Mainawati Steel Industry in Nepal


METABUILD experts from SEED Nepal and technical experts from India visited ten metal industries - 2 from Kathmandu Valley, 4 from Morang and Sunsari districts and 4 from Rupandehi district - and handed over the IARs. Jointly with the companies' management teams and owners, the METABUILD team discussed the improvement options for resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) that were identified in the IARs. Also, the project team learned that some companies had already started to implement first RECP improvement options (based on inputs provided during the initial assessment visits) and could report first benefits in terms of resource savings.


BEFORE: An uninsulated tank with 16 kW electrical heaters that is used for curing cables suffers heat loss from uninsulated tank surface area (15 m2)


AFTER: Insulating the curing tank with glass wool with aluminum cladding could minimise heat loss and reduce operation time


Based on the IARs, each company identified 6 to 12 priority actions for further improving their RECP performance. Together, these actions have a saving potential of about 11,8 Million NPR (118 lakh NPR). Notably, the majority of these interventions are low or no cost options.

The implementation of the agreed action plans will be supported and carefully monitored by the METABUILD team throughout the project. In order to inspire other companies to follow the METABUILD approach, the project team will use the successful start of the SME support programme in Nepal to prepare showcases of the pioneer companies' RECP interventions.