Energy-saving measures in sewing shop help workers focus on productivity

Energy savings in buildings will not only reduce the company’s costs, but also improve working conditions for employees.
Investor Makhabat Matayeva   
Location Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   Investment Insulation of the whole building  

Financial results Payback of 5 years
  Investment amount US$ 14,323

Grant Amount US$ 2,861

Energy Saving 56.41 MWh per year
CO2 reduction 41.84 tonnes per year  
The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) helped a small sewing shop gain a foothold in the garment industry by increasing its energy savings and improving working conditions.

Makhabat Matayeva owns a sewing shop in Bishkek, which employs more than 30 people. The production is mostly exported to Russia and Kazakhstan. Against the background of growing demand and competition, the entrepreneur realized that it is necessary to increase production capacities, with an emphasis on energy saving.  

For more than ten years, Mrs. Matayeva rented premises for the workshop. This meant additional costs and extra effort to ensure a comfortable working environment for her employees.  In 2019, Mrs. Matayeva learned about KyrSEFF and decided to invest in the energy-efficient renovation of her own premises to be turned into a workshop.  

Cooperation between Makhabat Matayeva and KyrSEFF started with a consultation on available modern green technologies and the evaluation of her project. Based on these consultations, the KyrSEFF engineers recommended carrying out insulation of the whole building in order to achieve maximum benefits from energy-saving. This included thermal insulation of the walls, floor, and ceiling, as well as the installation of energy-efficient windows and a high-efficiency gas boiler.

Makhabat Matayeva received a US$ 14,323 loan for energy-saving measures from Optima Bank, one of KyrSEFF partner banks. This investment, which has a payback period of 5 years, is expected to save 56.41 MWh of energy annually, and reduce CO2 emissions by 56.41 tonnes per year. For the successful implementation of resource-saving measures, the sewing shop will receive a grant of US$ 2,861 from the European Union.

“Due to premises being rented, we often had to focus on solving household problems, such as providing heat or lighting for employees, instead of producing and expanding the range of clothing, and increasing the customer base. We were anxious that the landlords might unexpectedly terminate the contract. Now that we moved into our new warm and bright building, the workers are very happy and can focus on work. We also plan to create recreation areas for them in the future,” said Makhabat Matayeva.

This is just one example among more than 175 enterprises and organizations that have benefited from KyrSEFF’s support in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy-saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).  

The first big logistical centre in Bishkek, built with energy efficient technologies

Better energy efficiency improves the competitiveness of the company

Investor LLC Smart Logistic

Location Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Investment Walls and floor insulation

Financial results Payback of 9 years

Investment amount US$ 466,935  

Grant Amount US$ 70,040

Energy Saving
397 MWh per year

CO2 reduction 20.58 tonnes per year
KyrSEFF creates conditions for increasing trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and countries of near and far abroad.  

Smart Logistiс LLC has been present in the Kyrgyz logistics market for over 11 years. The company owns more than 10,000 m² of warehouse area, which they lease to other companies for the storage of various goods.   Due to the increased demand for reliable and safe warehouses in Bishkek, the company’s management decided to expand the warehouse to old Soviet-style buildings, which used to be a confectionery factory. The building needed complete reconstruction to meet high international standards for storage conditions of goods, as well as with regard to energy resources use.  
In 2018, the company approached KyrSEFF for a loan and for consultation services. KyrSEFF’s engineers and financial experts analyzed the planned investments, focusing on the energy saving potential, technical and financial parameters, and environmental aspects. The partner bank, KICB, then approved the project plan for the modernisation of the building.

KyrSEFF consultants have estimated that as a result of the $467,000 investment in the renovation project of the old building, the new logistics center will save 452.5 MWh of energy and reduce CO2 emissions by 20.58 tonnes annually. The total energy savings will amount to US$ 9,731 per year.

As a reward for the successful implementation of resource-saving measures, Smart Logistics will receive a grant of US$ 70,040 from the European Union.
“Thanks to the KyrSEFF loan and the related investments, we can provide a full range of third party logistics services: delivery, targeted storage, and warehousing to supply chain management”, said Aliakper Gabibov, CEO of Smart Logistics.

Today, the 8,000 m² warehouse is fully computerized and needs to be serviced by no more than 50 people. The room has 5 sections for storing goods of different sizes, as well as a mezzanine room for the safe storage of pharmaceutical products and small valuable objects. The company has the opportunity to receive goods by railroad tracks, and unload 8 trucks at the same time.

The Kyrgyzstan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and established in 2013, with a total portfolio of US$ 55 million. To reward the successful implementation of energy saving measures through KyrSEFF, beneficiaries receive grants ranging from 10 to 35% from the total investment, and free technical support financed by the European Union (EC-IFCA).

The KyrSEFF+ Program Supports the Installation of a Wastewater Treatment Facility at a Resort in Belogorka Gorge

Minimizing negative impacts on the quality of water, soil and air is one of the core tasks of a sustainable business. “Ak-Tilek”, a small resort located in the Sokuluk district, used the opportunities provided by the KyrSEFF program to install a wastewater treatment facility. 

The Ak-Tilek resort is located in the picturesque Belogorka gorge on the shores of the Shabai River in the Sokuluk district. It is a popular destination not only among those admiring the beauty of nature but those interested in improving their health by drinking kumys. The clean air and mountains are also perfect conditions for sportsmen to practice.

Dozens of villages are located downstream from the resort. Their citizens use the river water for daily needs, and that is why the installation of a treatment facility was not only an issue of environmental protection but also one of people’s access to drinking water. 

At the end of 2017, the resort used a KyrSEFF loan to invest USD 19,000 in a modern wastewater treatment facility. Scaled for up to 75 people, the plant provides sewage treatment meeting the established sanitary norms and regulations, which allow the water to be dispersed into the local terrain or to be used for irrigation of gardens and fields. 

“I love my country and cherish its beauty. Three years ago, when we started our business in this territory, we considered the installation of a modern wastewater treatment facility. Indeed, polluting the crystal clear river water, used both by us and people living downriver, is not only irresponsible but can also be considered as an “environmental sin,” – says Omor Dzhumanazarov, the resort owner.

The process of wastewater treatment includes several consecutive stages of mechanical and biological treatment. Sewage is first pumped into a tank for mechanical treatment where insoluble and large particles are ground. 

After that, the wastewater undergoes a biological treatment stage, which is based on microorganisms that feed on certain pollutants. Purified water is then diverted to the ground through a drainage system with an area of 120 sq. m. If necessary, it can be pumped into a plastic tank and be used later for watering.

The Asia Water Build Company installed the system in only one month.

“Of course we could have installed a lower-cost treatment facility, but treatment efficiency would have been much worse. We did not set a goal for the system to pay off its value, and that is why we turned to a company that ensures almost 100% assurances. The system treats 94% of the polluted water, the remaining 6% is purified naturally by the drainage system,” – shares Omor Dzhumanazarov.

The resort is actively preparing for the upcoming tourist season. Apart from the installation of the wastewater treatment facility also installed energy-efficient LED lighting in the buildings, adding an energy-saving component to their project.

For the successful implementation of the project, Ak-Tilek resort received a US $2,856 cash-back grant, funded by the European Union. As a result of the investment, Ak-Tilek resort will benefit from annual water savings of 5,832 m3, energy savings of 29.4 MWt-h, and 1.3 tons CO2 emission reductions.