2nd India Energy Efficiency Forum organized by TERI BCSD India and Johnson Controls

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 13:50 hrs

New Delhi, Delhi, India:At the 2nd India Energy Efficiency Forum, the global energy efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey highlighted that building owners and operators throughout India continue to place higher importance on energy management in comparison to their peers in other major countries. 450 building owners and operators in India participated in 3rd survey conducted by Johnson Controls India which included a majority of TERI Business Council member companies.

Building on the first Forum in 2010, where the TERI Business Council along with Johnson Controls helped move efficiency to the top of corporate agenda, this year’s intention was to capitalize on the momentum behind energy efficiency and to help ensure that the policies, business models, technologies, manufacturing processes and communications drive energy efficiency in an intelligent way. This year, in the light of recent developments i.e. PAT (Perform Achieve Trade) mechanism under NMEEE (National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency) and the well-established ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) and Star Labeling TERI-BCSD and JCI proposed to undertake a dual pronged approach to address:

-- Energy efficiency in residential and commercial areas
-- Energy efficiency in energy intensive large industries

Present on the occasion were Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow TERI, Former Secretary, MoEF, GoI and Member Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, Mr. Arun Seth, Vice Chairman, TERI BCSD India, and Chairman Alcatel-Lucent & BT India Pvt. Ltd, and Mr. Pramoda Karkal, Vice President and Managing Director for Johnson Controls’ Building Efficiency business in India. Also present on the occasion were several member companies of TERI BCSD India, senior officials from the government, business and Civil Society who discussed and identified barriers to energy efficient practices and highlighted opportunities for energy efficiency in India.

Speaking on the importance of achieving energy efficiency as a priority agenda, Mr. Arun Seth in his inaugural address said, “Across the globe, energy efficiency is moving up the political agenda as legislators and the stakeholder community have begun to realize the potential of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy security, and create jobs. Energy markets, meanwhile, are transforming and integrating energy efficiency as a valuable resource alongside traditional energy sources. The need today is behavioral change, affordable energy practices and intelligent usage of IT and Telecom systems to make energy efficiency practices smarter and analytical.”

Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, while setting the theme for the forum, and detailing the PAT (Perform Achieve Trade) mechanism under NMEEE (National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency), said, “India faces an enormous challenge of development growth and poverty eradication. 475 million people in India don’t have access to electricity, and without access to modern and smarter energy, the aspirations to lift the poorest of the poor, and the economy will be futile. It is important that we achieve energy efficiency soon as India is galloping towards becoming the biggest economy’s in the future. Today this forum, is to a large extent going to focus on, not simply on wide ranging discussions on energy efficiency, but also on the PAT mechanism, and the well-established ECBC and star labeling mechanism available to the corporates today, so that they too play a key role in driving global and national efforts to combat climate change.”

In his address,Mr. Pramoda Karkal said, “Johnson Controls India has been conducting these forums for the last several years in US, UK, and China, and we are extremely happy to be conducting the second Energy Efficiency forum with TERI BCSD India once again. One of our missions is to provide solutions based on a planned approach to manage sustainable economic growth by increasing the energy generation with the right energy mix and, the Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey findings by JCI show that Indian business leaders are increasingly aware of the need for energy management and its impact on the environment as well as reducing operating costs.”

In India, energy efficiency is increasingly seen as a viable option that is cost competitive, supplemental and environmentally sound. However, an integrated and coordinated approach for technological improvements, policy measures and institutional development is essential to improve energy efficiency in various sectors of the economy. The first step towards building this approach is to understand the concept, identify the issues and challenges involved and thereafter arrive at solutions.

In an attempt to promote energy efficiency in the residential and commercial areas, the 2nd IEEF encouraged discussions and deliberations on issues related to corporate practices on energy management, performance contracting, energy efficiency indicators standards and labeling. Sustainable Habitats - trends in commercial buildings, serious gaming scenario potential for energy efficiency were also discussed. Further, tackling the agenda of energy efficiency in energy intensive large industries, the forum also addressed issues emerging out of PAT, innovative financing bridges, energy efficiency barriers, technology options to achieve ‘Reduction Targets’, Eco Innovation, ECerts and exploring fungibility options between various Energy Efficiency promoting systems.

Salient points of the survey:

-- The survey indicated that 88 percent of Indian respondents consider energy management very or extremely important − an increase of three percent over last year.
-- For the second consecutive year, India’s level of concern for energy management was higher than in other parts of the world – 84 percent in China, 66 percent in the U.S. and 61 percent in Europe.
-- More than half of the respondents (53 percent) indicated they plan to pursue green building certification either for new construction or existing buildings over the next year, while the number of respondents with at least one certified green building increased 12 percent from the 2010 survey.
-- The survey also showed that over the past year 65 percent of Indian respondents made improvements in lighting efficiency and 60 percent made heating, ventilation and air conditioning and/or control improvements. Other efficiency steps included on-site renewable energy (44 percent) and energy supply and demand management (40 percent). Large organizations (44 percent) were twice as likely as smaller companies (21 percent) to have adopted renewable technologies in the past year.
-- Despite the expressed high interest in increasing efficiency, 26 percent of survey respondents from the institutional sector (government, hospitals and schools) cited lack of funding to pay for improvements as a crucial barrier to pursuing their goals.
-- In the commercial and industrial sectors, the top barrier cited was a lack of awareness about the technologies and services available for increasing energy efficiency.

Other key findings from the survey include:

-- Best practices for driving implementation included setting a reduction goal, frequent analysis of energy data, the addition of internal and external resources, and use of external financing.
-- About 46 percent of respondents expect the country’s National Action Plan for Climate Change to influence their organization's energy-efficiency investment decisions.
-- Three in four (76 percent) respondents expect national-level policy within two years mandating energy efficiency or carbon reductions.

Over 100 leaders from the public and private sector, heads of multi / bi-lateral organizations and senior government representatives from across the country attended the forum, which was also co-partnered by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), The World Environment Centre (WEC), and media partner Everything About Green Buildings.

About TERI-BCSD India

TERI-BCSD India, the Regional Network member of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), at present, is a strong coalition of over 100 member companies from diverse sectors, including PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings), multinational corporations and private companies from all across India. With the mission of providing an independent and credible platform for corporate leaders in India to address issues related to sustainable development, the Council carries out a variety of initiatives to implement sustainable practices on ground and cooperate with decision-makers in creating framework conditions for business to effectively contribute towards the goal of sustainable development.

About Johnson Controls Inc.

Johnson Controls is the global leader in automotive systems and facility management and control and creates smart environments, bringing ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. Through its products, services, operations and community involvement, it promotes the efficient use of resources to benefit all people and the world. The company delivers over USD 2 billion in energy and operational savings to its customers every year, leading to significant recognition.
Mr. Rajiv Chhibber, TERI, +91 9810426698

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