Large industries made exemplary efforts to improve energy efficiency.

More than 400 large industries from key energy intensive sectors in India have made exemplary efforts towards improving energy efficiency during last 3 years. The systematic efforts by adopting energy conservation measures by these industries coupled with technology upgradation have resulted in energy savings worth Rs.9500crores annually. These achievements were reported by Ministry of Power based on an impact analysis report for Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) the flagship scheme under the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE)being implemented by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The main industry sector whose energy savings was evaluated pertains to Thermal Power Plant, Fertilizer, Chlor Alkali, Aluminium, Iron & Steel, Pulp & Paper, Textile and Cement sectors.

Hon’ble Minister of Power Shri R.K. Singh addressed the gathering of over 400 industry representatives who have partnered with the Government under this ambitious scheme for aggressively promoting energy efficiency in the industry sector which consumes more than 50% of the country’s total primary energy consumption.The various industries have adopted state of art technologies such as waste heat recovery, Top Recovery Turbine, Coke Dry Quenching, andcompressor optimization in pursuit of improving their specific energy consumption in respective sectors.

Hon’ble Minister of Power also released outcome report for the study conducted by BEE which demonstrated energy savings of 8.67 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) against target of 6.686 MTOEwhich is 30% excess over the targeted energy saving. The key sectors who performed exceedingly well are Pulp & Paper, Iron & Steel, Aluminium, Cement etc.The assessment and verification process was conducted by BEE through an online frameworkwith the assistance of Accredited Energy Auditors. The outcome of scheme also resulted in energy saving of more than Rs 9500 crores, investment by industry of about Rs 26,000 crores and capacity building of more than 5000 engineers and operators.

Speaking on this occasion Hon’ble Minister said that “Achievement of 30% additional saving endorses partnership and commitment by the Industry in this important endeavour of the Government, which not only leads to energy saving but at the same time also results in reduction of GHG emission to the tune of 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually”.

The PAT scheme is mandatory for all the designated consumers notified by BEE and it is one of the major initiatives under the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). It is a market-based mechanism to reduce specific energy consumption in energy intensive sector. If industries fail to achieve its target in energy savings, they will have to compensate by Energy Saving Certificates (ESCerts). Best performing industries have been able to trade about Rs 100 crore in the form of ESCerts with the defaulting consumers. The scheme has been extended to over 800 designated consumers covering 13 sectors with the inclusion of refinery, DISCOMs, Railways, Petrochemical and Commercial Buildings (Hotels). The projected target under this scheme is over 15 MTOE by 2019-20.

Conclave is organized by Bureau of Energy Efficiency in association with GIZ as part of Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEN). It was attended by more than 600 senior officials and heads of industrial units.

Energy efficiency | News published on 27/09/2018 by Moulin

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