India looking to improve energy performance of its government buildings

Emerging economies such as India are taking sustainable energy policies increasingly seriously. While we have been reading of its efforts in renewable energy, it is good to read on the India Today website that a Parliamentary panel is now recommending that all government buildings ensure that they meet certain performance levels. Hopefully this proposal will be adopted by the government.


Make all govt buildings energy efficient: Panel

In a bid to ensure efficient use of power, a Parliamentary panel today recommended bringing all government buildings within the purview of energy efficiency norms in a time-bound manner.

The Standing Committee on Energy of Ministry of Power in its report tabled in Parliament today said that “more is required to be done in a time-bound manner so that at least all government buildings may be made energy efficient as early as possible.”

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in technical cooperation with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) had concluded implementation of energy conservation measures in two prominent government buildings, i.e. NITI Aayog and Shram Shakti Bhawan in the national capital, which house various government departments.

“These projects had demonstrated energy savings in the range of 20-25 per cent with additional cost savings towards equipment maintenance and proven techno-commercial vaibility…,” the report said.

The BEE has developed the “handbook for energy efficiency upgrades in public buildings” that includes standard templates for energy audits and retrofits on performance contact, and EESL has recently signed a pact with the Ministry of Railways and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for implementation of energy efficiency measures in 100 government buildings and railway stations across the country, it said.

“EESL is in discussion with large PSUs like ONGC, NLC and banks (Dena Bank) for implementation of similar projects and it is taking up a DMRC project for 90 metro stations for lighting,” it said.

It added that work of energy efficiency is already under implementation in CPWD maintained government buildings through ESCO route, it said.

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