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The ACIDLOOP team has interviewed Mr B S Anand, a thought-leader and electroplating business owner from Mohali, on the relevance of resource efficiency for the electroplating industry.

 

ACIDLOOP: How do you think resource efficiency (RE) will benefit SMEs in India?Anand

Mr B S Anand: Resource efficiency is beneficial to SMEs in many ways. The major benefit is cost competitiveness. By practicing resource efficiency, one can save on material consumption, energy cost (fuel and electricity) and man power cost. High yields and higher productions can be obtained in many cases from the resource efficiency. A major natural resource, i.e. water, can be saved. A cleaner environment for SMEs is a big advantage, which we get while we practice resource efficiency. And the cleaner environment is of course good for the health of the operators.

ACIDLOOP: In your experience, can SMEs implement RE measures on their own? If not, what kind of assistance would they mostly need?

Mr B S Anand: Only a few SMEs that have experienced and trained man power can implement RE measures to some extent, otherwise most of the SME need trainings and knowledge sharing to implement the RE measures. Moreover, SMEs require hand holdings by experts for long durations to get effective results.

ACIDLOOP: What role do you see for consultants of SMEs in promoting RE approach?

Mr B S Anand: They should create awareness amongst SMEs on RE and its benefits. They should prepare some role models for the industry conveying the message that RE works and matters. They should approach the government and should help in making policies to promote the RE approach.

ACIDLOOP: What role do you see for the government (state/central) to promote RE approach?

The Governments at both the levels should chalk out policies to promote the RE approach. Governments should also provide some incentives for SM’s to promote the RE approach.

ACIDLOOP: In the context of recently announced ZED (zero effect zero defect) campaign (as part of the “Make in India” campaign), do you see a larger role for projects like ACIDLOOP?

Mr B S Anand: The project ‘ACIDLOOP’ has given excellent results in the field of resource efficiency. I personally feel that the project was very effective and beneficial. There is lot of potential even for horizontal deployment of the activities done in the clusters under the ACIDLOOP. And still there is scope for doing more activities towards RE approach in the units which received training under the ACIDLOOP project.

ACIDLOOP: Thank you for your answers and insights.

ACIDLOOP

ACIDLOOP is a 4-year project (2012-2016) supported by the European Union (EU) under the SWITCH Asia Programme. This programme emphasizes sustainable consumption and production in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ACIDLOOP is targeted specifically at the Indian metal finishing industry.  It aims to introduce technology innovation for acid recovery as well as resource efficiency that would lead to improved environmental quality and combat pollution.  The activities is taking place in various locations in northern, western and southern India.

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