Development and Implementation of Best Practices in Indian Foundry industry
In 2012, IIP joined hands with the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency on an important initiative for the foundry industry in India. The initiative involved the development of a programmatic approach to aggregate demand for EE investment in selected foundry clusters and financing these proposals at the local cluster level. The foundry industry, which suffers from technological obsolescence, poor management practices and paucity of funds, had a lot to gain from this intervention – not only through substantial energy savings but also by addressing local and global pollution.
The role of IIP in this initiative was to stimulate a vibrant ‘knowledge exchange platform’ for the foundry sector. IIP aimed to facilitate access to technological best practices and build the capacity of local industry and service providers so that they can, in turn, help industry adopt cleaner production methods. IIP’s vision was to:
- Improve competitiveness by reducing the cost of production and enhancing the quality of products
- Help reduce energy consumption and, as a result, GHG emissions and pollutants
- Improve working conditions.
IIP engaged an international foundry expert and conducted extensive field visits in Kolhapur, an important foundry cluster in India. Other major accomplishments included a training program in Kolhapur to help build local capacity in energy/technology audit of foundry units; hands-on training in conducting energy audits; energy audits in six representative foundry units; and an interactive meeting with the local foundry industry. A technology best practice guide is now available as a result of the energy audits and the cluster survey. IIP partnered with the WB/GEF team, the Kolhapur Engineering Association, the local industry and a number of energy audit firms on these projects.