Business Bureau :
THE Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) and Clean Air Asia jointly organised a webinar on “Reducing Emissions by Sustainable Production: An opportunity for MSMEs to Clean Air Post COVID-19 Lockdown”. On the occasion, Sanjay Dube, CEO, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) spoke on procurement and transition of resources in production activities such as reliable green power and energy. He said there is a need to collect data on various parameters which could be shared with industries for their ready reference.
“Based on these parameters, the industries must see what measures can be implemented. Even small changes of around 10 to 15 per cent may give some tangible outcomes and if it is not sufficient then one must come to the conclusion that it is a right time to adopt the change,” he said. Dube also said that the Government has offered many schemes for MSMEs. However, entrepreneurs should first look inside the industry rather than outside for achieving growth, he added. Debajit Das, National Project Coordinator – UNIDO highlighted the pathways of revival of MSMEs post COVID-19. He also shared his views on various financial aspects that could help MSMEs to cope with the postpandemic challenges.
Further, he stressed on the economic scenario of the country and said in the current situation, companies’ profitability has been affected by 30 per cent.“Cash flow, payments and salaries of the staff members are still the challenges.The entrepreneurs will have to follow a system while resuming production in their units. Moreover they will have to develop their capacities. It can be done through developing new skills, sustaining customers and better organisational management will help companies recover. Companies should focus on the line of procurement, suppliers, supply chain management etc. by optimizing the production process and adopting new technologies,” he said.
Das also said that these initiatives may not need big considerable added investment but would give better results. Sapna Shrivastava, Regional Officer, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, shared her views that were related to pollution control board. She said there are no changes in regulations before and after COVID-19 pandemic and no relaxation have been granted in adoption and usage of instruments and devices. She agreed that having industrial clusters with similar business services will not face any issue in running their units with focus on sustainability. Dr R Gopichandran, Prof at the NTPC School of Business Noida, stressed on some of the vital issues of industries related to sustainable productivity and ways of environmental benchmarking and eco industrial development. He said having a clear vision is very important for every industry.
“Industries must invest their resources in energy efficient production and emission reduction. Industries should develop a COVID-19 action platform. Industries should look for processes, energy saving and waste management to achieve sustainability etc. at industry level or industrial area level. Another point which is very important for industry is the waste mining. Waste produced by some industries might be useful for others, this could be a good way to gain financial sustainability,” he observed. Anand Shukla, SeniorThematic Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) shared various practical experiences on how energy efficiency and productivity could be scaled to reduce air pollution. He demonstrated various cases from the cement industries and spoke on cost and environment effective technologies that are available in cement and glass industries.
He also talked about the importance of capacity building and training of professionals operating the energy efficient technologies like Zig Zag technologies in brick kilns. At the outset, Dr Suhas Buddhe, Vice President - VIA, welcomed the expert speakers and said that VIA has been continuously discussing with members to understand the challenges faced by them. Prarthana Borah, India Director and Ruchi Tomar, Environment Researcher of Clean Air Asia moderated the programme. Owners, Technical Heads, Head Engineerings, Head ETP, Head Environment and Engineering representatives from various organisations participated in the discussion.