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Govt. to set up panel on energy efficiency, low carbon tech: R K Singh

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Union Power and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh have expressed that a committee will be set up having members from all relevant ministries for implementation of the roadmap on energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

Singh presided over a high-level meeting to review the progress of several energy efficiency programmes and the readiness for climate change actions in the country through video conferencing, a power ministry declaration said.

The purpose of this high-level meeting was to deliberate activities in the field of energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy to reduce CO2 emissions.

The minister said a combined push for renewables is already underway and a comprehensive action plan will be developed to ascertain potential areas.

He said that a committee/group will be set up having members from all relevant ministries for implementation of the roadmap on energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

Singh directed to keep the focus on sectors with uppermost emissions intensity such as Transport, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and power plants.

He 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 apposite measures on the demand-side initiatives to guarantee that the wastage of energy is minimized and said that the deployment of low carbon technologies needs to be taken up on a massive scale, particularly in the MSMEs, where it is highly essential.

He instructed all the departments that electric mobility also should be more aggressively pushed.

Mr. Singh stressed that for better implementation of all energy efficiency schemes, the institutional mechanism in the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, CPSU under the Ministry of Power would be strengthened.

Secretary Ministry of Power, Alok Kumar underlined that the cooling sector, cold storage, and cooking are key areas to focus on for effectively accomplishing our targets for CO2 emission reduction.

He also discussed prospects of exploring the shift of goods movement from road transport to railways.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has developed two programs namely ROSHANEE and UNNATEE laying down the sector-wise action plan for the period 2021-2030, the declaration said.

Mission ROSHANEE envisages various activities in the field of energy efficiency across all the sectors of the economy intending to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 550 million tonnes in the country by 2030 whereas UNNATEE is a working document, having short term and long-term action plans for lowering energy intensity. 

Author : Moulin Oza
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