ECOSF participated in the Stakeholders Workshop on “Standards & Labelling for Energy Efficient Electric Motors” organized by NEECA, HIMA^Verte and CLASP

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National Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (NEECA) in collaboration with HIMA^Verte and CLASP organized the Stakeholders Workshop on Implementation of Standards and Labelling for Energy Efficient Electric Motors in Lahore on December 4, 2019. A large number of electric motors manufacturers, importers, representatives of government agencies and energy experts participated in the event. Dr. Sardar Mohazzam, Managing Director NEECA was the Chief Guest in the event. On behalf of ECOSF, Engr. Khalil Raza participated in the event.

Mr. Ali Habib, Managing Partner of the HIMA^Verte in his welcome remarks, shared the objectives and outline of the stakeholder workshop. Mr. Habib emphasized that introduction of Standards and Labeling (S&L) regime for various electrical appliances is an effective strategy to cut down the inefficiencies in the energy sector. Electrical Motors consume a substantial amount of energy, especially in the industrial sectors. Therefore, S&L regime for electrical motors can potentially reduce the energy waste, bring down the business cost, and boost competitiveness and exports.

Dr. Sardar Mohazzam, MD NEECA in his remarks highlighted the significance of energy efficiency measures, which has the potential to achieve significant reduction in the import bill for Pakistan. Electrical motors are prime movers and they are used in residential, commercial and industrial sectors of Pakistan. The proposed S&L regime would be critical to reduce the energy intensity and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the country. He appreciated the partners for coming together and development of effective standardization regime. He further assured the motor manufacturers and importers that their suggestions and feedback will be given due consideration while implementing the S&L regime.

Mr. Stuart Jeffcott, the Team Leader representing CLASP (an energy contracting firm based in Washington D.C.) stated that Pakistan has demonstrated a successful case of introducing Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for electric fan. NEECA and relevant stakeholders should gear up to enforce higher energy efficiency standards for other appliances, including electrical motors to contribute to sustainability of energy sector.

Mr. Khalil Raza of ECOSF contributed to the discussion and shared his view point saying that recently launched Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy aims to incentivize the local manufacturing of EVs and associated components, including electrical motors and batteries. Under this policy, local manufacturers will be charged only 1% custom duty and 1% sales tax on motors and batteries. Thus, local manufacturers must take advantage of this policy and promote sustainable transportation in the country.

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