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Towards Cleaner Technologies: A process story in the Firozabad glass industry cluster

  • Author(s): Girish Sethi
  • Size: 180 mm × 240 mm
  • Pages: 238
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Weight: 740 gms
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788179931332
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    Rs.200.00 / US $15.00

  • Special Price: Rs. 180.00 / US $14.00

Book Details

The small-scale glass industries cluster located in Firozabad, near Agra, produces an estimated 50 million bangles each day. Traditionally, units in the cluster burned coal in low-efficiency furnaces, leading to high levels of emissions. Following the Supreme Court verdict in the famous ?Taj Trapezium Case?, the Firozabad units came under pressure to switch from coal to natural gas as fuel.

In 1994/95, SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) entered into partnership to find solutions to the energy and environmental problems of select SMiE (small and micro enterprise) sub-sectors through technology upgradation and human and institutional development. Four sub-sectors were selected for intervention: foundries, sericulture, glass industries, and brick manufacture.

This book narrates, in a brief and simple way, the process by which the partners developed and demonstrated two clean, energy-efficient, technologies for the small-scale glass units in Firozabad: the gas-fired recuperative pot furnace, and the gas-fired muffle furnace. In particular, it highlights the experiences of project staff and other stakeholders, and the challenges faced and tackled by them in the course of their work.

This book is primarily intended as a guide for researchers, policy-makers, NGOs, donor organizations, academic institutions and others involved in the small-scale sector, particularly in developing countries.


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Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    Small and micro enterprises in India
    The protected years
    Liberalization challenges
    A partnership is forged
    The macro-level study
    Screening workshop, December 1994
    Getting started
    Structuring the interventions
    Action research

    CHARTING THE COURSE
    Overview
    Energy audits
    Discussions, recommendations, and decisions
    First contact
    Drawing up plans
    Change in project strategy
    Local institutions
    Identifying partners and collaborators
    Choosing a demonstration site

    INTO THE FIELD
    Gas-fired pot furnace
    Gas-fired muffle furnace
    Spreading the word
    Spreading the technology
    Towards social action

    THE WAY FORWARD
    Lessons and challenges
    Addressing needs: a stakeholder analysis
    The road ahead: knowledge-sharing frame

    ANNEXURES

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    CONTRIBUTORS

    ABBREVIATIONS

    GLOSSARY

Keywords

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