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'Urgent need for Indian Industry to maximise energy efficiency' Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh
11th edition of CII-Energy Efficiency Summit 2012 gets underway

Ms Minnie Mathew, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh, while delivering the Chief Guest address at the inaugural session of the 11th Energy Efficiency Summit 2012 underlined that, to improve energy efficiency, it is necessary for industry to undertake processes & measures for efficient management of energy consumption.

She highlighted the urgent need to maximise energy efficiency as 20% of energy is wasted due to inefficiency alone. Energy saved is equivalent to 1.2 times the amount of energy produced, she added.

Ms Mathew mentioned that the Government of Andhra Pradesh has set up a task force for monitoring energy consumption patterns of the industries and it is imperative for the industries to undergo regular energy audits, set energy efficiency standards and enforce norms so that more energy is conserved and the needs of all the stakeholders are met.

The Chief Guest concluded her address by mentioning that the Government is keen on increasing alternate power generation methods by investing substantially on wind and solar power projects.

Dr Ajay Mathur, Former Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) emphasized on the need for industries from various sectors to comply with PAT norms as it is mutually beneficent to the industry, the Government, and society as a whole.

Dr Mathur also mentioned that collaboration with manufacturers, universities and research organizations will be sought to come up with innovative processes to tap waste heat and use it to produce electricity. Industry has been responding well to the PAT scheme and that this is a positive trend, he concluded.

Mr Yasuhide Yamada, Chief Director General, JETRO, Japan, said that the 'Top Runner' Program initiated for consumer durables manufacturers by the Government of Japan was a key tool in aiding energy conservation. He mentioned that in the past two decades Japan had developed highly energy efficient products for medium and big industries and that the Indian companies were welcome to invest in these products and improve their levels of energy conservation.

Mr Karl Edberg, Counsellor, Embassy of Sweden, reiterated that the business ties between India and Sweden has been improving steadily and cooperation in various sectors is proving beneficial to both the countries, especially in the area of technology sharing.

Outlining the objectives of the Summit, Dr Naushad Forbes, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Summit 2012, said that the event is an ideal platform for understanding the PAT scheme; an avenue for users and manufacturers to interact and most importantly an opportunity to facilitate learning by sharing. He also mentioned that the potential of energy savings in the country is immense and is waiting to be tapped.

Mr Ramesh Datla, Chairman, CII-National Committee on Intellectual Property & Past Chairman, CII-Andhra Pradesh in his address briefed the delegates on the activities and initiatives of CII-Godrej GBC in promoting ecologically sustainable business growth models.

The inaugural session was also marked by the release of 'Super Directory', which is a source of information on the energy-efficient products & technologies, service providers and inking of MoU on 'Development of Innovation Platform' between Swedish Energy Agency, Cleantech Scandinavia and CII-Godrej GBC. Mr S Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII-Godrej GBC delivered the concluding remarks.

24 August 2012

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