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About PISD

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting the cause of environmental compliance and efficiency of industrial sectors of Pakistan since 1994. EKN has financed some very important projects and interventions such as Environmental Technology Program for Industry (ETPI), Cleaner Production Program (CPP), Cleaner production projects in leather sector, CETP Korangi, Energy Conservation in Punjab Tanneries in 2005, Cleaner production project for Textile Sector etc.

In July 2007, Programme for Industrial Sustainable Development (PISD-I) was started to provide continued support to leather and textile sectors. These project and programme level interventions served many purposes. The most important is the mobilization of large-scale local environmental investment.

In 2010, PISD-II was started to extend PISD-I and replicate and scale-up technical outputs in other industries. The main reasons to start the programme have been:

1. Businesses are globally responding to consumer preferences for ecologically friendly production. The future of industry everywhere depends on how it competes and complies with the existing accredited environmental standards and buyers' demands. The answer, world over, is Cleaner Production.

2. Environment related economic loss accounts for an estimated 3-4% of GDP. Discharge of untreated liquid effluent - only 1% being currently treated - is one of the major industry related environmental issues. Rigorous wastewater treatment is required to curtail potential market share losses of the Pakistani industry and to comply with NEQS.

3. The manufacturing industry is the largest consumer of commercial energy. Energy efficiency opportunities exist in almost the entire industrial sector of Pakistan, with an estimated energy saving potential of 22% without any loss in production.

4.The socio-environmental and economic impacts of industrial growth and development in industrial estates need to be minimized and these industrial estates should be developed on the basis of sustainability framework for the sake of their own and country's sustainability.

5.For improving the implementation and legal compliance of industries, inconsistencies in the existing national level laws and legislations of Pakistan should be removed and they should be made more suitable and relevant to conditions of Pakistan.

6.Implementation of Environmental Management System (EMS) and ISO 14001 certification is not only a requirement of international markets, but has also proved to bring in many higher order productivity and growth benefits.

7.Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become an imperative image building tool to progressive businesses through out the world. Pakistan industry, however, has yet to fully realize the significance of CSR and apply the essence of this concept to its strategic advantage.