Dr Gerolf Weigel- MSMEs must be provided with easier, faster access to EE solutions
Published at : 06 Dec 2020
Dr Gerolf Weigel, Counsellor and Head, CCD, Embassy of Switzerland chaired the plenary session on Technology at the National Summit on Energy Efficiency in MSMEs held during July 2012 at New Delhi. The two-day Summit was organized under the aegis of Small and Medium Enterprises Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing (SAMEEEKSHA). The Summit drew more than 200 participants who represented 40 cluster-level industry associations from various MSME sub-sectors across India including brick, ceramics, chemicals, dairy, engineering, foundry, metallurgy, rice mills, tea, and textiles; 30 government departments; 16 bilateral/ multilateral agencies; 7 financial institutions; 9 academic institutions; and 20 energy consulting firms.
Concluding the session, he said, "It is noteworthy that 90% of investments in EE technologies are done by MSME units themselves". Also, by budgeting energy much more systematically, MSMEs can find innovations and move ahead towards more energy efficient systems. The message that emerges most clearly from this discussion is that EE technology should be user-driven, and MSMEs must be provided with easier, faster access to EE solutions. One challenge, always faced in promoting EE technologies, is that a successful entrepreneur with a competitive edge (derived from adopting an EE solution) often does not like to share his knowledge with others. Efforts are required to change this mindset.
Dr Gerolf WeigelMSMEsSAMEEEKSHA