ASSIST kicks off UPSCALE Morocco with multi-stakeholder dialogues

12 10 2012

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project UPscaling Sustainability, Competence and Leadership in Energy Excellence (UPSCALE Morocco), co-implemented by DQS UL and Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) was launched with a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues last September 7 and 11 in Rabat, Morocco.

The initiative aims to promote energy efficiency among energy-intensive industries in Morocco. The project features awareness-raising among various stakeholders, policy dialogue, best practices sharing, development of energy consumption standards for energy-intensive industries, training programs on energy management, and creation of a local pool of energy efficiency champions through the introduction of certification programs.

Recognized as the fifth largest economy in Africa, Morocco is also the largest energy importer in North Africa, with 97% of energy supply coming from outside sources. Hence, the expected expansion of the economy would exacerbate the risks to the country’s energy security situation.

The event was attended by representatives of consultancy firms, enterprises, associations, public institutions and universities.

Special guests include Mr. Said Mouline, president of Sustainable Development Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and Director of ADEREE; Mr. Ryad Mezzour, Vice President of CGEM; Mrs. Hanan Hanzaz, Director of Morocco Cleaner Production Centre (CMPP) and Mr. Belgacem Raoudi, Director of DQS Morocco.

Mr. Ahmed Bouzid, Head of Energy Efficient Division, ADEREE talked about the current energy efficiency practices and scenario in the industrial sector while Energy Expert Mr. Abdellatif Touzani presented his views on ISO 50001 standard.

Mr. Bouzid talked about Morocco’s structured strategy for economic development especially related to energy efficiency. A detailed view of the project pilot initiative to introduce ISO 50001 Energy Management System to the industries in the country was then discussed by Mr. Manwah Ayassor, Project Manager at CMPP.

A partnership was signed between CMPP and the Association of Quality and Management (AQM). The event ended with a call for participants to share their views and expectations for the project.

Following the dialogues, awareness training sessions will be conducted focusing on energy efficiency standards and practices in three locations to build capacity of the SMEs.#


ASSIST and TUV NORD Energy Management Project PROSPECT EnMS holds onsite visit to SMEs

1 10 2012

Promote Sustainable Program of Energy Consumption Through Energy Management System (PROSPECT EnMS), a project implemented by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and TUV NORD, conducted onsite visit to the first batch of pilot Vietnamese SMEs last September  14-15 in Hanoi and 19-22 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Hanoi visit was participated in by five (5) Board of Management (BOM) representatives of Song Cong Diesel Limited Company (DISOCO), while the visit in Ho Chi Minh was attended by 8 BOM representatives of Van Don Plastic, and 4 BOM representatives of Saigon Paper Joint Stock Company.

Through the visit, the Project Team sought to hold an initial evaluation on the system management and internal energy audit for pilot companies regarding the ISO 50001 standard (Energy Management System). The event is considered as the kick-off activity for the Technical Assistance phase of the project.

PROSPECT-EnMS is a Public-Private Partnership project jointly implemented by DEG, TUV NORD Vietnam and ASSIST. Scheduled to run from March 2012 to August 2013, it hopes to promote environmental sustainability amid Vietnam’s rapid socio-economic growth.

For two days, ASSIST Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson assessed the companies’ documented procedures, while local consultant ENERTEAM audited their internal energy systems. Le Sy Trung of TUV NORD Vietnam and Le Nguyen Hoang Long of ASSIST also helped organize the event. #

ASSIST launches training services in India

13 07 2011

In partnership with APEX Global of Manila, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) India has launched its new training services covering technical topics such as ISO standards, preventive maintenance, ROI, Energy Management System, and social development themes such as corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

ASSIST Group Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan launched ASSIST India’s training services in Chennai.

Through these training services, ASSIST hopes to contribute to its social business dimension, generating resources to further its core social developmental activities.

Participants came from such diverse domains as banking and financial services (BFS), manufacturing, retail, automobile dealership and service, and food processing.

Since the launch in July 2011, two programs have been conducted in Chennai. Sreenivas Narayanan, ASSIST Group Managing Director and Platosen Samarasam, ASSIST Executive Director inaugurated the event on July 5, 2011.

ASSIST Executive Director Plato Samarasam welcome the participants to the training.

Kameneson Ganeson, an expert from Malaysia who brings with him decades of experience in training facilitated the programs on Complaints Management and Training Return on Investment held on July 5 and 7, respectively at the GRT Grand, Chennai. Participants in the Complaints Management workshop came from such diverse domains as banking and financial services (BFS), manufacturing, retail, automobile dealership and service, and food processing.

Kameneson Ganeson facilitated the programs on Complaints Management and Training Return on Investment.

Meanwhile, the Training Return on Investment program, which targeted HR practitioners from the industry welcomed HR practitioners from companies like Sundaram Finance as well as MBA – HR students from management and business schools such as Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM) Chennai and Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) Chennai.

Participants join the workshop part of the training.

Most of the participants expressed great interest in partnering with ASSIST for future endeavours.#