EESL to Implement Energy Efficiency, Resource Conservation Measures at Coal India Plants

In a significant move towards decarbonisation in corporates, state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal India Ltd (CIL) to implement energy efficiency and resource conservation measures for de-carbonisation of CIL and its subsidiaries.

February 04, 2021. By Manu Tayal

In a significant move towards decarbonisation in corporates, state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal India Ltd (CIL) to implement energy efficiency and resource conservation measures for de-carbonisation of CIL and its subsidiaries.

The MoU was signed by Venkatesh Dwivedi, Director (Projects & Business Development), EESL and Sanjiv Soni, Director (Finance), CIL, in the presence of Coal Secretary, Anil Kumar Jain.

The move came soon after CIL’s decision to undertake energy efficiency measures across all its facilities.

As per the MoU, EESL would be carrying out studies to identify opportunities for CIL to adopt clean energy and energy efficient practices, implement its energy efficiency projects with innovative financial models in a customised approach, monitor the impact of implemented energy efficiency projects and also support CIL and its subsidiaries in training and capacity-building of its plant workers.

Sharing his views on the association, Coal Secretary, Anil Kumar Jain said, “India is looking to significantly reduce its carbon intensity and immediate interventions are the need of the hour. We are committed to the environment and despite being a coal mining company, Coal India will pick up energy efficiency as a mantra and implement it across its plants to set up an example in the country.”

“There is considerable potential for decarbonisation of power generation plants and I commend both EESL and CIL for taking this initiative, as this sets a great precedent for others to follow suit,” he added.

“As we see energy demand shooting up across the country, there has been an immense need to rapidly increase energy access, while decarbonising generation sources and increasing energy security. Our association with Coal India Ltd. will ensure implementing practical decarbonisation strategies and large scale deployment of energy efficiency measures in their various plants. This will also support in strengthening India’s role in the global effort towards decarbonisation,” said Saurabh Kumar, EVC, EESL.

“We at CIL are seeking immediate technical solutions to enable decarbonisation across our plants. We are determined to achieve this through various programmes implemented by EESL in our premises. Through this association with EESL, we are expecting considerable environmental benefits, which will lead to a sustainable future,” said Pramod Agarwal, IAS, Chairman & MD, Coal India Ltd.

Under this agreement, EESL would investment and develop project models on a customised basis, while CIL would provide all permissions and statutory clearances, starting with energy audits of buildings and facilities under CIL, followed by the implementation of measures.

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