On April 3rd at Lotte Hotel in Yangon the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), the EU funded SMART Myanmar project, and Swedish retailer H&M Group organized a conference and mini-exhibition on renewable energy solutions for the garment and textile industry. The event was part of the Asian Dialogues on Sustainable Production in the Textile and Garment Sector.
The event was addressed at suppliers of H&M and other brands producing in Myanmar. The idea was to combine a technical workshop on renewable energy technologies with inputs from regional experts and to foster regional exchange, which took place in the form of a panel discussion in which regional representatives from Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Pakistan – all members of the STAR network - exchanged on trends & challenges for energy savings and renewables in the region.
The event followed an interesting format to make it as practical and relevant as possible for the local suppliers: After an introduction on brands expectations, a technical input by Rajat Batra, SUSTENT on “What to consider when choosing solar energy installations in garment & textile industry?” was followed by Sustainable Solutions presentations by two local solar companies. Later, a second technical presentation on “What to consider when choosing biomass boilers and steam recycling installations in garment & textile industry?” was again followed by Sustainable solution presentations of three other local service providers. The idea was to first give an update on the general technical options and to link it to short teaser-presentations by local service providers, who can help interested suppliers in the implementation. During the whole conference, these service providers also had booths outside the conference venue, allowing interested suppliers to have direct exchanges on their specific needs. Finally, presentations by local bands provided an overview on green finance solutions and GIZs PDP programme presented their service offer regarding feasibility studies. The results on the first panel on trends& challenges for energy savings and renewables in the region was later with the situation in Myanmar on a second panel which was joined by the Secretary General of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association.
Following up on the conference, 10 PPTs have been shared with all participants. Also, a knowledge product has been produced on solar energy applications in apparel production. It targets suppliers in Myanmar and addresses such questions as: Why is solar a good choice for garment factories in South East Asia? What are the main parts of a solar PV system? What is the cost breakdown of a typical solar PV system? What do solar feasibility assessments involve? Finally, it also informs of alternative solutions such as solar thermal systems and direct steam generation via parabolic concentrators.
As results of the conference, suppliers were made aware of the potentials and options for renewable energy use in their production in Myanmar and brought in contact with technical service providers, consultants and banks which can help them set up and finance renewable energy. At least four suppliers reported they have been exploring solar with one of the service providers who presented at the event. A different local factory also purchased 160 solar panels on their own during a business trip to China, which they aim to soon install. Another factory also signed a contract with Forbes Marshall to upgrade their boiler/steam system efficiency.
For more information, please click here to see the press release for the event