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ASSIST holds SME Leaders' Forums for PROSPECT-EnMS project in Vietnam
International nonprofit ASSIST held three SME Leader’s Forums in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, from June 6 to June 8, 2012 for Promote Sustainable Program of energy Consumption Through Energy Management System (PROSPECT-EnMS).
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 is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic, and environmental challenges.
It is presently based in Makati City, but also has operations in India and Vietnam and manages projects in over 10 countries. Through its Partner to Progress philosophy, it has successfully implemented such projects in collaboration with the European Union, United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, and DEG/ KFW amongst other organizations. #