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Eco-friendly technology launched at Verka milk plant, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, July 2 : First of its kind in India Electric Heat Pump (EHP) system at Milk Plant, Chandigarh was commissioned today in the presence of Mrs.Alaknanda Dayal, IAS, Managing Director, Milkfed and senior officials from JICA, IGES and TERI.

This Project is being executed by Milkfed, Punjab, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, Institute of Global Environment Strategies, Japan & Japan International Cooperation Agency. EHP system was installed by the engineers from Mayekawa Manufacturing Company Limited, Japan under a 4 year research project titled “Application of Low Carbon Technology” being undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi jointly with Institute of Global Environment Strategies, Japan.

The goal of project is to promote energy efficient and environment friendly technologies in Indian SMEs i.e. Small and Medium Enterprises. This pilot project, which has been introduced in India at Verka Milk Plant, Chandigarh, will result in saving of energy to the tune of Rs.35 Lacs per annum and reduction a CO2 emissionby 47%.

On the occasion of commissioning of this project, apart from Mrs.Alaknanda Dayal, IAS, M.D., Milkfed, other officials present were Ms.Ayuko Takahashi, Project In-charge, JICA,  Mr.Girish Sethi, Director, Industrial Energy Efficiency, TERI. Sh.H.S. Grewal, General Manager (R&D),  Milkfed H.O. , Sh.Sanjeev Sharma, General Manager, Milkfed Punjab  and  commissioning  team  from  Mayekawa and  IGES , Japan.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Alaknanda Dayal, IAS MD, Milkfed Punjab, Chandigarh appreciated the initiative by TERI and IGES for implementation of low carbon technologies, especially in  developing countries like India and expressed hope that application of such technologies will be replicated by the processing industry in general and Dairy Industry in particular to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.  She said that application of these low carbon technologies can help the Indian Industry in securing Carbon Credits under Kyoto Protocol and saving in foreign exchange.  The role of the team engaged in the successful commissioning of the system was also lauded.

The total project cost is to the tune of Rs.1.8 Crores. The pilot plant at Chandigarh is the first of its kind in India and will act as a demonstration site for other Dairy Units & Milk Plants in India interested in knowing more about this green technology.

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