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CII Summit identifies huge energy saving potential in industries

BEE to issue tradable energy certificates; PAT norms to be notified in December

In the context of globalisation and challenges of climate change, energy efficiency and conservation would be a distinctive mark for companies to stand out, excel and be globally competitive.

Asserting this fact, speakers at the Energy Efficiency Summit 2010, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), pointed out that the country could achieve an energy efficiency of 25-30%. This achievement was to be made by various sectors and they pointed out that the thermal systems could save 25% to 50% energy across industries. The compressed air systems which consumed 5000 MW to 6000 MW a year, had the potential to save about 1200 MW and electrical systems 2500 MW by the adoption of simple energy efficiency measures.

All these savings could be achieved by introducing simple system changes costing about Rs 2 crore for one MW of saving compared to more than Rs 4 crores needed for the generation, transmission and distribution of thermal power, they said.

Elaborating on the PAT (Perform Achieve and Trade) scheme of Government of India which is a scheme for trading in energy efficiency, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), said BEE would set energy conservation targets for 714 identified companies in designated energy intensive sectors. Those who exceeded the targets would get tradable `energy certificates‚??. Those who missed the target would have to buy energy certificates to make up for their inadequate performance.

Dr Mathur added that companies could retain and sell the certificates during the next three years from next April. BEE would be announcing the PAT (Perform, Achieve, and Trade) targets in December, 2010 and the programme would be implemented from April 2011, he added.

In order to familiarize and facilitate the industries to participate in the PAT scheme, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) would conduct meetings with the CEOs of corporate houses in Tamil Nadu during the next two months, Dr Ajay Mathur said.

Investment in energy efficiency would save operational and environmental costs and make industrial units globally competitive, Mr Rajeev Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary - Industries Department, Government of Tamil Nadu said. He said Energy efficiency was a key factor in the national movement for competitiveness

September 3, 2010, Chennai.

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