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 holds SME Leader’s Forum for PROSPECT-EnMS

20 06 2012

As part of the Promote Sustainable Program of energy Consumption Through Energy Management System (PROSPECT-EnMS), the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and its project partners held three SME Leader’s Forums in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, from June 6 to June 8, 2012.

PROSPECT-EnMS is a Public-Private Partnership project jointly implemented by DEG, TUV NORD Vietnam & ASSIST and is scheduled to run from March 2012 to August 2013. It ultimately reckons the challenge the rapidly growing Vietnamese economy faces now- balancing environmental sustainability with the urge of maintaining socio-economic growth.

This balancing act can only be performed by successfully tackling the country’s mostly inefficient use of energy. ASSIST and its project partners aim at improving energy management among local SMEs through the implementation of EnMS and energy efficiency best practices, which will contribute to Green House Gas emission reduction and therefore put the country’s future development on an environmentally sustainable basis.

The SME Leaders’ Forums gathered some 80 representatives of Vietnamese SMEs as well as from governmental bodies. The implementation parties were represented by TUV NORD Vietnam Project Director Le Sy Trung, ASSIST Mekong Regional Director Aru David, and ASSIST Lead Consultant G. Krishnakumar. Besides introducing the project, the management team provided an overview of ISO 50001 and the selection criteria for 10 pilot SMEs, which will serve as showcase for the successful implementation of Energy Management Systems.

The events were graced by the presence of Nguyen Kinh Luan, from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (VNEEP), Vu Thi Bich Hau, the Vice Director from the Department of Science of Technology in Da Nang and representatives of ENERTEAM. They gave the attendees a broad insight into their comprehensive experiences with regard to current issues of energy consumption in Vietnam and the question of how to manage energy systems efficiently.

The program also featured, among others, a comprehensive Training of Trainers’ program, the provision of gap assessment sessions and technical assistance for the pilot SMEs, the development of an Energy Management Systems Handbook and a Certification Program for Energy Managers.#

ASSIST PGM Director facilitates energy efficiency and cleaner production training in Hanoi

29 06 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan facilitated a four-day training for consultants of the Vietnam Cleaner Production Center (VNCPC) in Hanoi last June 14-17, 2011.

The training is part of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Production Financing Program in Vietnam, which supports enterprises with their modernization investments to achieve energy efficiency, cost savings, higher productivity, and a better environmental performance.

ASSIST partnered with the Energy Conservation Center (ECC) in Ho Chi Min City and the Vietnam Cleaner Production Center (VNCPC) for the EE-CP program.

Its components include the provision of advisory and investment services to selected financial institutions, technical assistance to develop consultancy and training market for EE-CP investments, and the awareness-raising for local industries on the need for and benefits of equipment/ technology/ process upgrades to reduce carbon footprints and pollution impact.

For its part, ASSIST was tapped to develop and standardize training products for small and medium-sized enterprises in the region.#