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Bureau of Energy Efficiency Celebrates 22 Years of Service, Focuses on Energy Transition and Decarbonization

New Delhi: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), an integral part of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, marked its 22nd Foundation Day with a significant event in New Delhi on March 1, 2024. Themed “Energy Transition through Electrification and Decarbonization in India,” the celebration brought together stakeholders from the government and industry. Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R. K. Singh lauded BEE’s impactful and world-leading programs during the event.

The Minister commended BEE for its role in reducing the carbon footprint of the nation, attributing India’s achievement of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) target—reducing the emission intensity of the nation’s GDP 11 years ahead—to BEE’s initiatives. R. K. Singh launched two of BEE’s Standards and Labelling Programs for Packaged Boilers and Commercial Beverage Coolers, along with unveiling the inaugural edition of India EV Digest and the fifth edition of State Energy Efficiency Index.

The 22nd Foundation Day celebration featured an exhibition on Electric Mobility and Electric Cooking, aligning with BEE’s goal of promoting electric vehicles and efficient cooking in households. The event provided a platform for deliberations on two significant issues related to BEE’s mission of reducing energy intensity in the Indian economy.

Accelerating Energy Transition in the Transport Sector through Electrification

The first panel discussion focused on accelerating energy transition in the transport sector through electrification, particularly electric mobility. Adviser, NITI Aayog, Sudhendhu Jyoti Sinha highlighted the progress made across states in adopting electric vehicles (EVs), with 33 out of 36 states formulating state-specific EV policies. Director General, BEE, Abhay Bakre proposed collaboration between BEE and NITI Aayog to develop a Model EV policy for nationwide adoption. The discussion emphasized the need for affordable electricity, financial incentives for EV users, and policy support for manufacturers.

Micro-mobility and E-cycles

Dr. Ritu Singh from Energy Efficiency Services Limited passionately advocated for the role of micro-mobility, specifically electric bicycles, in both urban and rural areas. Stressing the need for policies supporting e-cycles, she called for measures to boost demand and urged central and state agencies to foster their adoption.

Accelerating Decarbonization through the Indian Carbon Market

The second panel discussion focused on accelerating decarbonization through the Indian Carbon Market (ICM). Director (Market Operation), Grid Controller of India (GCI), S. S. Barpanda emphasized the role of the carbon market registry in ensuring transparency. Director, BEE, Saurabh Diddi explained the framework behind the ICM and proposed a structure for compliance and offset mechanisms. Global Lead for Carbon Markets and Finance, The World Bank, Chandrashekar Sinha highlighted the transformative impact the carbon market can have on climate action.

Manish Mishra of Tata Steel and Shri Gaurav Sarup of Vedanta Resources underlined the importance of the carbon market in decarbonization efforts for the industry sectors. Rajeev Ralhan of PwC emphasized the role of emerging technologies like blockchain and IoT in achieving transparency and accountability in the Indian Carbon Market.

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