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Promotion of Sustainability in Textile and Garment Industry in Asia


Clients: GIZ FABRIC Asia 

Partners: adelphi consult GmbH Germany, REED Consulting Bangladesh, TUV Rheinlad Arabia LLC Vietnam


Location: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam 

Duration: November 2020 – November 2022

Services: Sustainability in Textile and Garment Industry


The project identifies common interests among the partner countries and promotes cooperation and a common understanding among producer countries for improved sustainability in the sector. To this end, the project networks decision-makers and change agents with the aim of supporting the implementation of measures in selected priority areas in the partner countries. In close cooperation with bilateral projects, the project brings the knowledge gained from successful local approaches to the region. In the context of German development cooperation in the Asian textile sector, the regional project thus enables successful bilateral approaches to have a greater broad impact at regional level. In strategic cooperation with global initiatives of German development cooperation, especially the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, or in short Textile Partnership (Textilbündnis) and the Green Button (Grüner Knopf), a joint positioning of the actors regarding the requirements of sustainable production is promoted. The requirements the German government has set with the introduction of the Green Button, the first government label for sustainably produced garments is used as an orientation for the project implementation.


Dialogue for Compliance – Environment and Resource Efficiency

Clients: GIZ Labour Standards Program, Pakistan 

Partners: adelphi consult GmbH Germany

Location: Pakistan

Duration: June 2020 – November 2020


Services: Environment and Resource Efficiency


The objective of the project is to technically support the implementation of action plans for best practices on environment and resource management with eight (8) textile factories using ‘Dialogue for Compliance’ approach. Main areas of focus were; Environmental Management System and Compliance, Chemicals Management, Energy Efficiency, and Water Efficiency / Wastewater Treatment and Recycling

  • Annual Energy Saving = 14,864 MWh

  • Annual Water Saved = 7.43 Million m3

  • Annual Financial Savings = USD 1.08 Million

  • Investment =  USD 1.87 Million

Chemical Management Accelerator – SMART Myanmar


Location: Myanmar

Duration: September 2019 – June 2020

Services: Resource Efficient Management of Chemicals (ReMC) – Training of Trainers and Company Application


Training of Trainers and Enterprises on Chemical Management for the Chemical Management Accelerator program by GIZ FABRIC Asia and sequa gGmbH SMART Myanmar Project under EU Switch Asia project. Aspart of a two-member team of international master trainers on chemicals management, 08 local trainers are being trained to lead the chemical management activities in Myanmar.

The project is supporting 08 companies in Textile and Footwear sectors in Yangon and Bago in implementing chemical management system in conformance to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and Higg Intex by Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

Partnership for Cleaner Textile – PaCT Pakistan

Client: International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group

Duration: June 2018 – June 2021

Services: Resource Efficiency Advisory; Project Coordination

Espire Consult is hired by the IFC to organize and supervise the Cleaner Production Assessments at the textile suppliers of global brands like LS&Co, GAP, VF Corp. etc. under the global agreements of IFC with these brands. The assessments focus on optimizing the energy, water and chemical use in the textile companies and develop culture of Resource Efficient Management.

21 commpanies are improving their resource efficiency, adopting renewable energy and improving management systems to incorporate Cleaner Production in strategic goals.

Espire shall also support IFC in conducting the Market Segmentation Study in Textile Sector, Conduct Workshops and Trainings, and Business Development activities.

Resource Efficiency Assessments in Textile Sector

Client: The Apparel Programme – IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Duration: October 2017 – June 2019

Services: Resource Efficiency Assessment; Energy Audit; Implementation of Energy Management System

Espire Consult is contracted by the IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative under The Apparel Programme to conduct Resource Efficiency Assessments at 05 textile companies in Punjab, Pakistan. The scope of work includes

  • Energy Audit of selected companies

  • Implementation of Energy Management System

  • Chemical Management Assessment

  • Implementation of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) 2015

  • Training of Companies on Resource Efficiency

Promote Private Sector Involvement in TVET Sector in Pakistan

Client: GIZ TVET Sector Support Programme

Duration: August 2018 – October 2018

Services: Competence Development; Project Coordination

Mr. Muhammad Salman Butt; Executive Director of Espire Consult; supported GIZ TVET Sector Support Programme in promoting private sector involvement in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector of Pakistan. Business and industry associations of various industrial sectors were taken on board for Planning, Development, Delivery and Assessment of Competency Based Trainings (CBT) in Punjab. More than 50 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were signed between private sector companies and TVET institutes to facilitate On-the-job Training and Employment of TVET graduates.


Develop Business Plan for Sustainable Production Center (SPC)

Client: GIZ Water Efficiency in Textile Industry (WETI)

Duration: May 2018 – June 2018

Services: Business Planning

Espire Consult developed the business plan of Sustainable Production Center (SPC); a Public Non-profit organization to be developed under the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Textile, Pakistan. The SPC shall be jointly managed by 05 major associations of Textile industry i.e. APTMA, PHMA, PRGMEA, PTEA, APTPMA. The Center shall provide technical skills to textile industry in the areas of Sustainable Production to enable the industry to meet the requirements of buyers and increase resource efficiency and productivity.

A detailed business plan was developed using the 9-block business model canvas as promoted by the German Ministry for Economy and Energy.


Energy Audit of Darussalam Quran Printing Complex, Pakistan

Client: Darussalam Publishers

Duration: February 2018 – March 2018

Services: Energy Audit

A comprehensive Level-II energy audit was conducted at the Quran Printing Complex of Darussalam Publishers in Pakistan. Energy saving opportunities were identified in all significant energy uses. A comprehensive energy management action plan was developed and approved by the top management.


Energy Audit at Nishat Chunian Dyeing & Printing Mills, Pakistan

Client: Nishat Chunian Group; SBS Pakistan

Duration: May 2017 – August 2017

Services: Energy Audit; Training on Energy Management System

An Investment Grade (Level-III) Energy Audit was conducted at Nishat Chunian Dyeing, Finishing and Home Textile divisions; sub-contracted by SBS Pakistan. Company has reported significant energy savings after implementation of the comprehensive action plan which was developed after the audit. Company team was trained on Implementing Energy Management System (ISO 50001).

Facility team was provided guidance and support in fulfilling compliance requirements of the international buyers as well.

Sectoral Study of 05 Industrial Sectors in Pakistan on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Client: UNIDO GEF Sustainable Energy Initiative for Pakistan; Envidatec GmbH

Duration: September 2016 – February 2017

Services: Energy Efficiency and Management

Conducted the Sectoral Study of 05 Industrial Sectors of Pakistan to identify and quantify energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities as part of UNIDO & GEF Sustainable Energy Initiative Pakistan. Under the partnership with Envidatec GmbH, Espire Consult planned and coordinated Pakistan wide project activities;

  • Sector involved were Textile, Foundry, Ceramics, Paper & Pulp, and Dairy processing

  • Conducted literature review and desk research on selected sectors

  • Conducted benchmarking on energy performance

  • Identified and assessed feasibility of identified energy efficiency and renewable energy measures

  • Conducted validation workshops with involved sectors and other stakeholder


Develop Communication Strategy and Training Plan for Punjab Energy Department, Pakistan

Client: Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (PEECA)

Duration: December 2016 – June 2017

Services: Strategic Planning; Competence Development; Energy Efficiency & Management

Supported development of Provincial Communication Strategy and Training Plan on Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Punjab, Pakistan. Prepared outline for awareness campaign for PEECA for FY 2016-17 and supported in compiling content and material for the campaign.

Developed self-assessment tools and energy efficiency calculators for dissemination to industry and conducted trainings on the developed tools in universities.


Training of Trainers of Infinity School of Engineering, Pakistan

Client: Infinity School of Engineering

Duration: September 2016 – April 2017

Services: Competence Development; Training of Trainers

Training of 51 trainers of Infinity School of Engineering was conducted in 02 batches. Comprehensive assessments of trained instructors were conducted after the ToT. The training focused on following aspects;

  • Improve communication in trainings and public sessions

  • Develop and Conduct training using the Experiential Learning Cycle and Adult Learning Principals (Andragogy)

  • Moderation techniques – how to moderate brainstorming and planning sessions