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Energy-Efficient Technology and Finance Workshop

Surat's 400+ textile processing MSMEs produce 41 million meters of cloth daily, primarily relying on fossil-fuel-dependent, energy-intensive processes. Addressing high energy costs is crucial for the competitiveness and survival of these MSMEs.

To advance energy efficiency in the textile industry, the Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), South Gujarat Textile Processors Association (SGTPA), and WRI India have collaborated to host the workshop on ‘Energy-Efficient Technology and Finance’ in Surat this International MSME Day (27 June). This workshop will offer textile MSMEs the opportunity to access critical technologies, financial resources, and knowledge, all essential for their sustainable development. This workshop aims to bring together 80+ MSME associations, MSME owners, energy-efficient technology providers, financing agencies, and policymakers.

This event is part of WRI India’s RISE (Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Enterprises) Surat initiative, supported by the Ares Charitable Foundation’s Climate Resilient Employees for a Sustainable Tomorrow (CREST) initiative. The primary aim of RISE Surat, launched on August 28, 2023, is to equip at least 50 MSMEs and 500 workers in Surat's textile sector with the tools, knowledge, and skills required for a low-carbon transition in India.


  • Amita Pandya, Sr. PEx, GEDA
  • Jitendra Vakharia, President, South Gujarat Textiles Processors Association
  • Jignasa Oza, Regional Officer - Surat, Gujarat Pollution Control Board
  • Saurabh Sinha, Regional Officer, Gujarat, Ministry of Textiles
  • Mehul Patel, Lead, Climate Program, WRI India
  • Rajendra Pandya, Energy Efficiency Expert
  • Ajitesh Upadhyay, PAT Expert, BEE, Government of India
  • Milind Chittawar, Founder, SEE Tech Solutions
  • Akash Suman, Deputy General Manager, Small Industries Development Bank of India
  • Nilesh Shedge, Chief Technology Officer, Carbon Minus

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