News 2013

Sunlabob tapped for energy efficiency study of Lao Tobacco factory

Study to determine energy savings potential and green power feasibility of Vientiane facilities


Sunlabob this week signed a contract with Lao Tobacco Limited to conduct a pre-feasibility study that will identify the energy savings potential of the company’s factory in Vientiane, as well as determine the viability of on-site renewable energy generation. The Lao Tobacco facilities have been selected by its parent company Imperial Tobacco Group – the world’s fourth largest cigarette manufacturer with more than 50 factories worldwide – to become a showcase site for responsible, energy efficient and sustainable tobacco production processes worldwide. Sunlabob, as the local energy efficiency expert, has been selected to be the partner for the ground-setting study for improved production processes.

“Pinpointing our factory’s energy efficiency and green power potential is, first and foremost, a logical business move, given the cost-saving benefits,” said Graham Lambert, Regional Operations Director of Imperial Tobacco Group. “This also is an important step in the company’s shift to greener, more environmentally sustainable operations and practices.”

Sunlabob’s holistic survey will gather energy usage data of buildings and processing equipment to provide recommendations for how Lao Tobacco can reduce its electricity consumption. The study will also examine the viability of utilizing on-site bio-waste materials for green power generation and also provide recommendations for how to increase awareness and encouraged behavioral changes with staff to shift to more energy efficient practices.

According to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, domestic electricity consumption is growing at a rate of 13 percent per year and, in turn, is pushing up commercial and residential prices. In 2012, the Government of Laos approved annual incremental increases in electricity price through 2017.

“As electricity tariffs in Laos and the Mekong region continue to rise, energy efficiency will no longer be viewed as an environmentally-minded service, but instead as an imperative aspect of running a smart business,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO of Sunlabob, which provides its energy efficiency audits and consulting services to businesses, homeowners and governments in Laos PDR and throughout Southeast Asia.

For more information about the energy efficiency services of Sunlabob – the first company officially licensed by the Government of Laos to conduct energy audits – please visit our energy efficiency micro site.