Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:00

Energy Efficiency in the Indonesian Textile Industry – Sustainability Meets Profit

On 11th March 2015, PAKLIM, Indonesian Textile Industries, Brueckner Textile Technologies GmbH & Co. KG and Thies GmbH & Co. KG, as well as VDMA from Germany successfully jointly-held an introductory event for Development Partnership Program with Private Sectors (DPP) at Santika Hotel, Bandung.   More than 40 participants including representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesian Textile Association, and textile research center participated in the event.   Dr. Markus Francke as the Team Leader of PAKLIM Work Area Industry delivered the welcome remarks by emphasizing the important role of private sectors to work together with the government to achieve the targets as stated in the National Action Plan to reduce GHG emission (RAN GRK).   As the event’s title “Sustainability Meets Profit” argues, when private sectors invest in energy-efficient technology, not only sustainability achieved, financial profits will also be gained. Mr. Rizal Tanzil representing Indonesian Textile Association (API West Java) delivered the opening remarks where he mentioned two challenges currently faced by Indonesian textile industry: technology and environmental issues. Due to textile industry status as a major contributor to the country’s economy, API and MoI are strongly committed to provide solution by supporting technology revitalization and reconstruction program such as old machineries replacement to increase production capacity and energy efficiency. Until now, around 60% of textile industry has restructured their equipment and the number is expected to increase. Once the technology constraints are resolved, the environmental issue can also be tackled in order to attain competitiveness in global market.     The session continued with Mr. Ralf Stange from Thies and Mr. Markus Nienhaus from Brueckner who introduced their green technology products, which are environmentally friendly and cost-efficient. Mr. Stange elaborated on the benefits of using Waste Heat Recovery Technology to reduce energy cost and improve the water management system. Subsequently, Mr. Nienhaus elaborated the product application from Brueckner, focusing on Combined Heat Power Micro Gas Turbine technology, a tool employed to produce energy and heat out of waste streams in one efficient process. With short payback period, green technology is a logical and reasonable investment to gain business competitiveness and be a champion in environmental issue.     During the last session of the event, Mrs Elis Masitoh as representative from Directorate Textile and Multifarious Industry at the Ministry of Industry explained in details their program on “Growth Revitalization Restructuring Industry Machinery and Industry Equipment”, starting from specifically-required procurement, procedure for support, as well as data on textile industry development in Indonesia. She reiterated the offer that industries are welcome to register in this program and utilize its resources. Active discussions followed, and it was very apparent that there is a big interest and strong enthusiasm among the participants to gain more knowledge on the importance to start an investment on green technology. They also became more aware of their role to reduce GHG emissions and achieve sustainability in energy efficiency.