ESPIRE was a partnership project between the Training and Development Centers of the Bavarian Employers‘ Association (bfz) gGmbH and business associations in Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan. The objective of ESPIRE project is to support industries in Pakistan to work economically more efficiently and ecologically more sustainable.
- Bfz gGmbH is one of the largest private providers of vocational training in Germany. The International Division of bfz conducts development cooperation projects on behalf of World Bank, European Union, and the German Government in all parts of the world.
- Trade associations in Lahore and Karachi are partners of bfz and guarantee outreach and sustainability of the project activities.
- Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) is supporting project ESPIRE with their technical team and organizational expertise.
- The project is supported by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via Sequa gGmbH under program for cooperation between private sector entities.
- Project Timeline: Project ESPIRE started in 2008 in Karachi, Sindh and was extended to Lahore, Punjab in 2011. The project ended with the Consolidation Phase in May 2016.
Please find further information about the project activities in the Project Report.
To replicate the knowhow that was developed during the project, several success stories were documented during the project period 2008-2016 (Please download here). In total, 14 companies volunteered to document their success stories in order to share their experiences. All success stories can also be downloaded separately from this site.
A video was prepared that highlights the activities in the field of energy efficiency by project ESPIRE, the methodology and success stories spoken by the entrepreneurs and consultants themselves.