As part of its commitment to create awareness about energy efficiency as a resource and also to develop an action plan for energy conservation initiatives, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), today released the ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’, which assesses state policies and programmes aimed at improving energy efficiency across various sectors. The nationwide Index, which is a joint effort of the NITI Aayog and BEE, was launched by Mr. A.K. Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power; Dr. Ajay Mathur, DG, TERIin the presence of senior officials from the Ministry and BEE.
The dignitaries also released a set of Energy Conversation Guidelines for energy-intensive industries that are covered under the Government’s Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme. Developed by the BEE, these will serve as a standard reference document for energy-intensive industries and help them achieve high operational efficiency of energy consuming utilities thereby improving their energy performance.
About the index:
The nationwide Index is a joint effort of the NITI Aayog and BEE. The index assesses state policies and programmes.
The Index will help in implementing national energy efficiency initiatives in states and meet both State as well as national goals on energy security, energy access, and climate change.
It has 63 indicators across Building, Industry, Municipality, Transport, Agriculture, and DISCOM with 4 cross-cutting indicators.
The Index examines states’ policies and regulations, financing mechanisms, institutional capacity, adoption of energy efficiency measures and energy savings achieved.
States are categorized based on their efforts and achievements towards energy efficiency implementation, as ‘Front Runner’, ‘Achiever’, ‘Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’.
The ‘Front Runner’ states in the inaugural edition of the Index are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan based on available data.
Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Haryana have been categorized in the second-best category of ‘achiever’ states.
Such an index assumes significance in a country that is now the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China, and which is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. India plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 33-35% from its 2005 levels by 2030, as part of its commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted by 195 countries in Paris in 2015.