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SWEDAC Informs India About Energy Efficiency
Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC)

Swedac participated at a conference in India to inform about energy efficiency together with the Swedish Energy Agency and SP (Technical Institute of Sweden). Swedac was represented by Elisabeth Leu.  A delegation from the Swedish Energy Agency, SP and Swedac visited Hyderabad in India to participate in the conference “Energy Efficiency Summit”. The conference was held during four days and gathered more than 500 Indian companies to discuss energy efficiency in industry.

During the third day of the conference a Swedish-Indian session took place, in which the Swedish representatives presented their experiences from certifying energy management systems. The Swedish delegation consisted of representatives from the Swedish Energy Agency, SP and Swedac, as well as Höganäs and SCA, two companies that presented their experiences from energy efficiency work and energy management systems.  Swedac was represented by Elisabeth Leu.

- The purpose of energy management systems is to decrease energy consumption on a global level as well as for companies.

 - In Sweden the Swedish Energy Agency runs a program for increased energy efficiency for heavy industry. Taking part in this program will give taxes reduction, but then a certified energy management system is demanded.

- The trip to India gave us the opportunity to exchange experiences between the two countries, Elisabeth says.

(The purpose of energy management systems is to save energy.  Photo: Mikael Ljungström)

Swedac leads a multimillion project in the Agadir region sponsored by Sida

Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) has decided to give Swedac the mission to lead a four-year long technical assistance project in the Agadir region. The aim is to enhance the free trade within the region and globally. Sida has missioned Swedac, the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, to lead a four year long project in the countries which have signed the Agadir Agreement: Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

"The development in the Agadir region is important for free trade in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and globally, says Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, deputy Director General.  For Swedac this is the most comprehensive project ever that we shall be leading and we are proud to have deserved the confidence of Sida."

The Agadir-agreement is a declaration of intent to create a free trade zone between the four countries Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. The agreement also aims to increase the four countries’ trade with EU and the rest of the world. The project’s paramount target is to create prerequisites for this by strengthening the quality infrastructure in the countries thus creating the systems and structures for free trade and thereby eliminating technical barriers to trade. The concept Quality Infrastructure refers to the legal framework, institutions and activities that must exist in a society to create conditions for safe products and services, e.g. accreditation, certification and market surveillance.

The activities of the project encompass all of Swedac’s activity areas such as legislation concerning conformity assessment, harmonisation of technical regulations, accreditation and market surveillance. It will be the most outstanding project that Swedac leads by itself, with a budget of 52 million SEK over the four year period.

Over the past 20 years Swedac has been deeply involved in international development cooperation within the area of quality infrastructure for free trade. Swedac has participated in a total of 51 technical assistance projects and thus supported capacity building in the participating countries.

Swedac has a wide range of international training activities within its areas of competence. Swedac has also managed ITP-programs for Sida in the area of quality infrastructure for free trade and quality infrastructure for food safety training a total of 1606 experts from 95 economies. The ITP-programs are performed in cooperation with the National Board of Trade, the National Food Agency and freelance consultants.

(Merih Malmqvist Nilsson, Deputy Director General, Swedac and Peter Strömbäck, Director General, Swedac. Photo: Maria Oldegård)

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