Introduction of management system approach in implementing energy efficiency improvement in the textile industry: experience from Pakistan

Panel: 5. The role of energy management systems, education, outreach and training

This is a peer-reviewed paper.

Abbas Mahmood, GIZ-REEE Programme, Pakistan
Bernhard Meyhoefer, GIZ-REEE Programme, Pakistan


Like many other developing and developed countries, Energy security is the greatest challenge for economic development facing Pakistan. In recent years, prolonged energy outages have led to public demonstrations and riots. These extended energy outages have also significantly hampered economic growth and many industrial units have been forced to limit the operations. Textile is one of the most important industrial sub-sector of the economy in Pakistan, contributing to 8.5% of the country’s GDP, having 50% share in its total exports and providing direct employment to over 3.75million people. 35% of manufacturing sector labor force is employed in textile. Textile sector consumes around 1500MW of electricity, while captive power generation systems (in-house gas based) supply 70% of this power. Because of considerable share of energy in total operating costs and rising energy prices, Pakistan’s textile sector faces significant challenges for its competitiveness in international markets.

This paper highlights the significance and benefits of Energy Management System (EnMS) approach in improving energy management of a company, leading towards continual improvement of energy efficiency. It further investigates the difference of EnMS with conventional Energy Auditing approach. The paper elaborates on the case study of textile industry in Pakistan and energy efficiency improvements achieved in the textile sector. It further identifies the barriers in promoting Energy Management System approach in the industrial sector of Pakistan. The case study shows that the companies achieved significant energy savings through adopting systematic approach however lack of financial instruments limit the maximum realization of energy saving potential in these companies.


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