‘India will be the energy efficiency hub of the world’
One of the key areas of India’s strategy to mitigate climate change is promoting energy efficiency, and ensuring that consumers shift towards using efficient products and appliances. This is also the area where India has been greatly successful, so much so, that it is set to become the energy efficiency hub of the world, in the near future.
In India, the lighting sector accounts for about 20 percent of the total electricity consumption, and until recently, it predominantly used inefficient conventional lamps and incandescent bulbs. This was recognised as a potential area for improvement by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, and the Energy Efficiency Services Limited, which fall under the Ministry of Power. Consequently, a nationwide plan was put into place, to sell high quality Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs in affordable instalments to consumers.
It is noteworthy that since the launch of the National Programme for LED Street Lighting and LED Home Lighting by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in January this year, this scheme has already sold 33 million LED bulbs directly to consumers. A concerted campaign ‘ILEDtheWay’ has helped drive the figures higher, and recorded pledges of over 10 million people towards the end goal of achieving energy efficiency.
With the success of just this scheme, the government determined that these LED bulbs will result in an annual energy savings of 4 billion KWh, lead to capacity addition avoidance of 900 MW and cost savings of INR 304 crores. Further, with the bulk procurement of LED bulbs, the market prices have dropped by 75%.
India understands that we cannot rest on the success of one scheme; it is simply one step in the right direction, in the long journey of tackling climate change.
Around the globe, 66 countries are committed to phase out the usage of incandescent bulbs and the global lights challenge promises to replace 10 billion bulbs. At the Energy Efficiency session, at the Indian Pavilion in Paris today, it was noted there is potential in energy efficiency, and sharing of knowledge between member nations is only going to enhance it. India has a great deal to share with the world. Soon, we hope it will become the most important country to engage with on the subject of energy efficiency, energy efficiency financing, and distribution of energy efficient products, for other energy service companies (ESCOs) and financial institutions.
Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency & Spokesperson for India at COP21
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