Climate and Energy

Japan-India Technology Cooperation towards Low Carbon Development for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan) and The Energy and Resources Institute (India) jointly conducted a workshop on “Japan-India Technology Cooperation towards low-carbon development for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)” at New Delhi on 18 December 2013. This workshop was a part of a project on ‘Japan and India Technology Cooperation towards Low Carbon Development’ being undertaken by IGESwith funding from the Ministry of Environment, Japan. The workshop aimed at bringing together various stakeholders of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Indian industrial sector and exploring critical aspects related to the investment in low-carbon technologies in this sector. The MSME sector consumes a significant share of the commercially-traded primary energy sources and accounts for a notable share of the production. In this context, integrating advanced, low-carbon technologies will contribute to India’s low-carbon development agenda.

Date and Time 18 December 2013
Venue Deck Suite, India Habitat Centre Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Organisers The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), 
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Agenda  (127KB)
Particpant List  (109KB)
Presentation Materials
Project Introduction
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
PDF (125KB)
Japan‐India Technology Cooperation for Low Carbon Development
Kenta Usui, IGES, Japan
PDF (140KB)
Findings from MSME Cluster Interviews
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
PDF (227KB)
The EESL and Energy Efficiency
Jaspal Ahuja, The Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India
PDF (285KB)

The workshop included two sessions: the first session focused on issues around energy efficiency for MSMEs in India; the second session addressed overseas cooperation in low-carbon technology.

Session I:
Energy efficiency improvement in the MSME sector has multiple advantages. Speakers highlighted that energy efficiency initiatives in the MSME sector will contribute to employment generation, especially benefitting the technically qualified human resources. As the national and state governments are giving greater attention to policies concerning MSME’s, the institutional framework that supports these industry segments has been strengthened considerably.  However the energy consumption patterns in these industries reflect that there is a huge potential for integrating energy efficiency measures across various enterprises.

Session II:
Technology support from overseas sources can play a critical role in the MSME sectors’ low-carbon pathways. Leading technology players from Japan will be able to play a key role in this regard. There are already certain existing examples of India and Japan collaboration in the industrial front. JICA has a tie-up with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for financing projects in MSMEs.  It also finances projects on energy efficiency if the energy savings potential is more than 10 per cent. As the domestic IPR laws have recently become stricter, the MSME sector will possibly enjoy greater participation from overseas players. This gives a notable level of assurance to the overseas industrial players that are interested in close collaboration with domestic partners.

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