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Sustainability spotlight: Berzi Plastics’ journey to 72% energy savings

Investor
Berzi Plastics Co.
Location
Sharqiyah Governorate, Egypt
Investment
Energy-efficient production line
Investment Size
US$ 129,760
Energy savings
5,991 MWh per year
CO2 savings
1,044 tonnes per year
Impact
Energy efficiency, increased competitiveness
Donor
EU

Reducing costs, enhancing quality: the Berzi Plastics' energy efficiency story

Founded in 1971, Berzi Plastics has been a trusted name in plastic packaging solutions in Egypt. With a specialization in utilizing various raw materials, the company manufactures plastic packaging, containers, and products for diverse industries. Berzi Plastics serves Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies across the region, catering to their packaging needs.

In pursuit of enhanced competitiveness, Berzi Plastics undertook an initiative to enhance the energy performance of its production lines. The key move involved replacing an old, inefficient plastic injection machine with a cutting-edge energy-efficient counterpart.

Berzi Plastics’ investment decision aligned seamlessly with its pursuit of competitiveness and operational excellence. This strategic upgrade aimed to simultaneously reduce costs, enhance productivity, and elevate product quality.

To expedite the GEFF loan application, the company took advantage of the Green Technology Selector in identifying pre-approved technologies for their initiative that helped fast-track securing their GEFF loan. AS part of the benefit received under the GEFF program, the GEFF Project Consultant helped confirming the commercial benefits associated with the investment.

The $129,760 investment brought substantial advantages to Berzi Plastics. The replacement of the outdated injection machine would reduce electricity consumption by about 1,543 MWh per year, or 72% of their past consumption.  This significant drop in energy usage translated into a 20% reduction in annual energy expenses, bolstering the company’s cashflow.

Beyond financial gains, the Sub-project made a notable environmental impact as such a reduction in energy use would also lead to a reduction of 1,044 tonnes of CO2 emissions – a testimony to the company’s commitment to mitigating climate change.

GEFF Egypt was developed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is supported by the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility

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