ASSIST, UL DQS and IGCC launch Auto Sustain PPP

12 11 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation – ASSIST, UL DQS India and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) launched the Public Private Partnership Project Auto Sustain through a CEO Forum last October 30, 2012 at Park Sheraton, Chennai, India.

Co-funded by DEG, Auto Sustain aims to bring about a sustainable transformation in India’s automotive industry by helping the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the automotive sector adopt sustainable practices.

The project launch was graced by top managers of various large and medium-sized enterprises including the CEO and Managing Director of UL DQS India, Dr. K. Murugan; Executive Director of ASSIST, Mr. S. Muralidharan; Director of ASSIST & Auditor at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), Mr. D. K. S. Moorthy; and the Regional Director of IGCC, Mr. S. Raj.

Dr. K. Murugan, Managing Director and CEO at UL DQS India opened the event, and shared a brief on various PPP initiatives and projects implemented by UL DQS India and ASSIST in countries like India and Sri Lanka. Together, ASSIST and UL DQS India hope to build capacity across industrial sectors on practices supporting energy and resource efficiency through adoption of Energy Management Systems and implementation of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production practices respectively.

Then, Mr. Biju Balendran, Vice President, Plant Engineering from Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd highlighted the concept of Automotive Industry and Sustainability from an OEM Perspective in his keynote address that delved on the various measures adopted by Renault Nissan for resource optimization, energy conservation and reduction of GHG emissions.

For his part, Mr. Muralidharan shared his views on the current trends in the automotive industry of India and familiarized the guests with the activities that would be implemented during the course of the project. For example, project beneficiaries will be engaged in surveys to understand the current practices followed by the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and in the technical training workshops to build local capacity on sustainable practices among the SMEs. Technical assistance on ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, IQNet SR 10 and Global Reporting Initiative will be extended to the enterprises to enable them to align with Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems.

Mr. D. K. S. Moorthy then discussed the importance of Sustainability Reporting and publishing of sustainability reports by enterprises to showcase the accountability of their actions and impacts on the society and environment.

Following an open forum during which company representatives shared ideas about balancing corporate accountability in the automotive sector while improving profits, Mr. S. Raj delivered the closing remarks.

The 18-month project will soon be launched in Bangalore and Pune to reach out to a larger group of beneficiaries from the major automobile manufacturing units. #


ASSIST launches Advancing Carbon-Neutral Economy (ACE) PPP Project in China

2 01 2012

ASSIST launched back to back events to kick off its Public Private Partnerships Advancing Carbon Neutral Economy: a Multi-Stakeholder Forum on December 19 and Awareness Session on December 20.

ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director graced both events

An 18-month PPP Project co-financed by DEG and implemented by TUV NORD China and ASSIST, ACE seeks to help reduce China’s carbon footprint.

The forum was attended by top executives and representatives of government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), academic institutions, and private companies. Meanwhile, the awareness session featured a discussion on the current level of carbon emissions in China and the practices that can be adopted by members of energy-intensive industries.

Mrs. Jin Joy, CEO of TUV NORD Great China, welcomes the participants to the Multi-Stakeholder Forum

The following topics were discussed: Carbon Neutrality and the Underlying Concepts; International Standards on Carbon Neutrality (ISO 50001, ISO 14064, PAS 2050); Determining, Quantifying, Reducing and Offseting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on various international standards; and Benefits and challenges of implementing Carbon Neutrality in an organization.

Forum speakers include Mr. Li Yong Jun, AP Product Manager Climate Change, Mr. Tang Qing He, Director of Low-Carbon Economy Research Center at the Shanghai Academy of Environmental Sciences, Mr. Gu Qing Ping, Deputy Director at Carbon Accounting Center, Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.

ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director graced both events. #

ASSIST energy efficiency project in China holds culmination activities

12 12 2011

Partners Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and TUV Rheinland launched a series of activities to cap the 14-month initiative Solutions to Energy Efficiency application and Knowledge (SEEK) in China.

The first is a Technical Training series on Energy Management for Chinese Industries, the last two of which were held Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2011 at the Shanghai Multiple Media Tower and November 7-8, 2011 at the Avic Hotel.

Facilitated by Engineering Consultant and member of European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Jonas Mey, the series aimed to strengthen local capacity of energy-intensive industries in implementing energy efficiency and management systems.

Attendees include Chery Automotive Co., Ltd, Lovol Engines Co., Ltd, BESCO Compressor Co., Ltd, Sevenstar Instrument Co., Ltd, China Chemical Energy Conservation Technology Association, Suzhou Siemens Electronics Co., Ltd, Nike (Guangzhou), Adidas Group (Guangzhou), Sanlux Rubber Co., Ltd, and Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company.

Meanwhile, SEEK also held an Energy Efficiency Auditor training in Shanghai for representatives of government offices administration of the state council, Aluminum Corporation of China, China Chemical Energy Conservation Technology Association, Shanghai Easy Finance Co., Ltd, Suzhou Bosch Automobile Co., Ltd, Suzhou Siemens Electronics Co., Ltd, Nike (Guangzhou), Adidas Group (Guangzhou), Chery Automobile Group, Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company, and Shanghai Caojing Electric Power Company).

Aside from acquiring additional knowledge on the energy targets of the China, participants were trained to identify and adopt opportunities for energy efficiency implementation, to gain knowledge on procuring energy and entering into energy management contract and to conduct energy audit using appropriate equipment.  Proper audit reporting was also discussed during the training.

At the end of the training, participants acquired awareness on the country’s current energy efficiency scenario as well as local laws and regulations. Further, they are able to understand the purpose, structure and management principles underpinning the newly realeased ISO 50001 Standard on Energy Management and they would be able to integrate effective energy management strategies to their existing company policies/practices.

Finally, on December 9, SEEK held a Best Practices Forum in Holiday Inn, Beijing, as a venue for multi-stakeholder groups to exchange good energy management practices and learnings in implementing energy efficiency initiatives. #

ASSIST and DEKRA WIT (Hangzhou) kick off Green and Safe Project

15 08 2011

Top executives of car manufacturers and dealer groups, government agencies and other organizations participated in the session.

The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) formally kicked off the DEG-funded Green and Safe Project, in cooperation with DEKRA WIT* (Hangzhou) Certification Co. Ltd. through a multi-stakeholder session held last July 28, 2011 in Beijing, China.

Green and Safe is a Public-Private Partnership which seeks to promote the competitiveness of automobile dealers and set up standards for energy efficiency, waste disposal and health and safety practices. It targeted dealers particularly in China, which in 2009 surpassed the United States in the sale of passenger cars.

Mr. Raj Kumar, ASSIST Senior Technical Expert, discussed the organization's capability profile.

Attended by top executives and representatives of government agencies, car manufacturers, non-government organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and automotive dealer groups, the session highlighted the project rationale, and the benefits that await the stakeholders. The event likewise served as a venue for sharing expert views, and identifying and prioritizing areas for improvement in auto dealerships with key focus in environment, health and safety.

Participants were welcomed by Dr. Peter Kreutzberger, Deputy Head of Economic Department, German Embassy, as well as messages from Mr. Oliver Harms, Country Director of DEG Beijing Office, Mr. Michael Siedentop, Head of DEKRA Shanghai Co., Ltd.

Subject matter experts convene for the Technical Review Session.

Mr. Andreas Loh, General Manager of DEKRA WIT (Hangzhou) Certification Co., Ltd discussed an overview of the project, followed by an open forum, facilitated by Prof. Wolfgang Wagner, the General Manager of Staufen Shanghai.

Mr. Raj Kumar, a Senior Technical Expert, represented ASSIST.#