State Agencies Need to be Strengthened to Scale up Energy Efficiency Efforts: RK Singh

The Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh said that State agencies will need to be strengthened to scale up energy efficiency efforts.

June 18, 2021. By Manu Tayal

The Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh said that State agencies will need to be strengthened to scale up energy efficiency efforts.

He also stressed that for better implementation of all energy efficiency schemes, the institutional mechanism in Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), CPSU under the Ministry of Power, would be strengthened.

The Minister chaired a high level meeting to review the progress of various energy efficiency programmes and the preparedness for Climate Change Actions in the country.

The purpose of this high level meeting was to discuss activities in the field of energy efficiency across all the sectors of the economy with the objective of reducing CO2 emissions.

During the meeting, he directed to keep focus on sectors with highest emissions intensity such as Transport, MSMEs and Power plants.

Singh also discussed the activities defined under the Mission document – ROSHANEE – which has been developed for implementing a series of Energy Conservation schemes across the country.

He advised the Ministries to take appropriate measures on the demand side initiatives to ensure that the wastage of energy has been minimized and said that the deployment of low carbon technologies need to be taken up on a massive scale, especially in the MSMEs, where it is highly essential.

The Minister also instructed all the departments that Electric Mobility also should be more aggressively pushed.

He further emphasized to take following actions:

  • Progressive Electrification of economy: Detailed action plan to be developed to identify potential areas;
  • Greening of Electricity – a concerted push for Renewables is already underway.
  • A Committee/ Group to be setup having members from all relevant Ministries for implementation of the Roadmap on Energy Efficiency and low carbon technologies;
  • Strengthening of organizational structure of Bureau of Energy Efficiency and in the states. 

On the other hand, Secretary Ministry of Power, Alok Kumar highlighted that cooling sector, cold storage and cooking are key areas to focus on for successfully achieving the targets for CO2 emission reduction. He also discussed possibilities of exploring shift of Goods movement from Road Transport to Railways. He also highlighted that Power Finance Corporation would be the nodal agency for facilitating energy efficiency financing and act as a knowledge -based champion organization for various financing programs.

However, financing for MSMEs remains a key challenge.

Meanwhile, the high-level meeting had senior officials from Ministry of Power, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Department of Expenditure, Department of Heavy Industry, NITI Aayog, CEA, BEE, NTPC, PFC, REC, EESL, IREDA and SECI.

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