Pres­i­dent of In­dia gives away Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards and Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Prizes for 2017

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Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presided as the Chief Guest over the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Day cel­e­bra­tions, held here to­day. The oc­ca­sion was also graced by the pres­ence of Union Min­is­ter of State (IC) for Power and New & Re­new­able En­ergy, Shri Raj Ku­mar Singh. Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia gave away Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards to in­dus­tries that have demon­strated mea­sur­able re­duc­tions in their en­ergy use as part of the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards Pro­gramme. Dur­ing the event, a short film on the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency achieve­ments in the In­dus­try Sec­tor was also shown. Fur­ther, Shri Kovind pre­sented the Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Prizes and vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion of the prize -win­ning paint­ings. This year, over 1.22 crore chil­dren, be­tween 4th and 9th stan­dards from across In­dia, par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and 322 in­dus­trial units and es­tab­lish­ments from key sec­tors par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards 2017. The En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Day is or­ga­nized on 14th De­cem­ber each year by Bureau of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency (BEE), un­der Min­istry of Power, with an aim to demon­strate In­dia’s achieve­ments in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion, while work­ing for its am­bi­tion of holis­tic de­vel­op­ment as part of the na­tion’s over­all ef­fort to­wards cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion. As part of its aware­ness out­reach, BEE rec­og­nizes and en­cour­ages en­deav­ours of in­dus­tries in re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion by fe­lic­i­tat­ing them with Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards. BEE also awards prizes to the na­tional winners of the an­nual Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion. Ad­dress­ing the gather­ing, Shri Kovind con­grat­u­lated the Prize winners from In­dus­try, Govern­ment bod­ies and the school chil­dren, for their ef­forts to­wards En­ergy

ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion. Hon’ble Pres­i­dent noted that the Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to­wards sus­tain­able growth of the econ­omy, for which, achiev­ing the tar­get of 24x7 Power for All is im­per­a­tive. Shri Kovind added that such a tall tar­get can only be achieved by the co­op­er­a­tion of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in the so­ci­ety and not only the Govern­ment. Hon’ble Pres­i­dent also en­cour­aged In­dus­try to hold hands with Govern­ment to set up En­ergy Banks, to meet in­creas­ing En­ergy de­mand in the coun­try in the near fu­ture. Em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of en­ergy in a coun­try’s eco­nomic growth, Shri R.K. Singh said that no coun­try can progress with­out in­crease in en­ergy con­sump­tion, more so for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. In­dia’s per capita an­nual en­ergy con­sump­tion is 1100 units, which is 5 times lower than Europe and 16 times than US. Nev­er­the­less, the Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated In­dia’s com­mit­ment to re­duce the en­ergy in­ten­sity of its eco­nomic growth by one-third by 2030 and aim to­wards achiev­ing a re­spon­si­ble growth pro­file. He added that the coun­try is well on track to sur­pass its re­new­able en­ergy (RE) tar­get of 175 GW by 2022 and would com­fort­ably cross 200 GW. Fur­ther, In­dia’s RE ca­pac­ity would be 57% of the to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity by 2030, in­clud­ing hy­dropower, the Min­is­ter said. Shri Singh also in­formed the gather­ing about the roadmap of RE re­leased re­cently by the Min­istry. Bids of 20GW So­lar power and 9GW wind power have been opened this year. In the com­ing 2 years, bids for 30GW So­lar and 10GW wind each year would be opened, in­formed the Min­is­ter. Fur­ther, Shri Singh also stated that the Min­istry is al­ready un­der­tak­ing sur­veys for float­ing so­lar power and off-shore projects in the coun­try. Next year, bids for 5GW off­shore wind power projects are in the pipe­line, the Min­is­ter in­formed. Power Min­is­ter also de­tailed the steps taken by the Govern­ment to in­crease en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and ef­fi­ciency of the econ­omy. These in­cluded en­ergy ef­fi­ciency la­belling of 21 con­sumer goods by Bureau of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency (BEE); En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Build­ing Codes no­ti­fied in 10 States and 1 Union Ter­ri­tory; over 300 mn LED lamps dis­trib­uted; 8.5 mil­lion tonnes of oil equiv­a­lent saved in en­ergy through Per­form, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme and 6000MW power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity avoided in the 1st cy­cle of PAT. On the oc­ca­sion, Hon’ble Pres­i­dent also un­veiled the in­ter­ac­tive on­line por­tal, ECO-NI­WAS (En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion – New In­dian Way for Af­ford­able & Sus­tain­able homes) for in­creas­ing aware­ness to build sus­tain­able and en­ergy ef­fi­cient homes in the coun­try. The Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards Pro­gramme rec­og­nizes the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency achieve­ments in 56 sub sec­tors across in­dus­try, es­tab­lish­ments and in­sti­tu­tions such as ther­mal power sta­tions, of­fice and BPO build­ings, ho­tels, hos­pi­tals, shop­ping malls, zonal rail­ways, rail­way work­shops and sta­tions, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, State Des­ig­nated Agen­cies and man­u­fac­tur­ers of BEE Star la­beled ap­pli­ances/equip­ment and elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies. In the last 19 years (1999-2017) of the award scheme, the award par­tic­i­pants have col­lec­tively in­vested over Rs. 48,000 crores in en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses, and saved

nearly Rs. 38,000 crores through re­duced elec­tric­ity bills and avoided ca­pac­ity gen­er­a­tion. In en­ergy terms, they have saved over 44 Bil­lion kWh of elec­tri­cal en­ergy, 5.1 bil­lion litres of oil, 22.6 mil­lion met­ric tonnes of coal and 250 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of gas. Other dig­ni­taries present at the oc­ca­sion were Shri Ajay Ku­mar Bhalla, Sec­re­tary Power, Shri Anand Ku­mar, Sec­re­tary Min­istry of New & Re­new­able En­ergy and Awardees from In­dus­try, schools and Govern­ment bod­ies, along with se­nior of­fi­cers of the Min­istry.

27th Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Day to be cel­e­brated

Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will pre­side as the Chief Guest over the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Day cel­e­bra­tions, to be held in New Delhi, on 14th De­cem­ber, 2017. The oc­ca­sion will also be graced by the pres­ence of Union Min­is­ter of State (IC) for Power and New & Re­new­able En­ergy, Shri Raj Ku­mar Singh. Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia will give away Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards to in­dus­tries that have demon­strated mea­sur­able re­duc­tions in their en­ergy use as part of the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards Pro­gramme. Dur­ing the event, a short film on the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency achieve­ments in the In­dus­try Sec­tor will also be shown. Fur­ther, Shri Kovind will present the Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Prizes and visit the ex­hi­bi­tion of the prize -win­ning paint­ings. This year, over 1.22 crore chil­dren, be­tween 4th and 9th stan­dards from across In­dia, par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and 322 in­dus­trial units and es­tab­lish­ments from key sec­tors par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards 2017.

BACK­GROUND

The En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Day is or­ga­nized on 14th De­cem­ber each year by Bureau of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency (BEE), un­der Min­istry of Power, with an aim to demon­strate In­dia’s achieve­ments in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and con­ser­va­tion, while work­ing for its am­bi­tion of holis­tic de­vel­op­ment as part of the na­tion’s over­all ef­fort to­wards cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion. As part of its aware­ness out­reach, BEE rec­og­nizes and en­cour­ages en­deav­ours of in­dus­tries in re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion by fe­lic­i­tat­ing them with Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards. BEE also awards prizes to the na­tional winners of the an­nual Na­tional Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion. In order to re­al­ize its de­vel­op­ment goals, In­dia’s en­ergy de­mand is ex­pected to dou­ble be­tween 2013 and 2030, to ap­prox­i­mately 1500 mil­lion tonnes of oil equiv­a­lent. The mis­sion of BEE is to as­sist in de­vel­op­ing poli­cies and strate­gies that will help re­duce this en­ergy de­mand by pro­mot­ing wide­spread adop­tion of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures. The Na­tional En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Awards Pro­gramme rec­og­nizes the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency achieve­ments in 56 sub sec­tors across in­dus­try, es­tab­lish­ments and in­sti­tu­tions such as ther­mal power sta­tions, of­fice and BPO build­ings, ho­tels, hos­pi­tals, shop­ping malls, zonal rail­ways, rail­way work­shops and sta­tions, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, State Des­ig­nated Agen­cies and man­u­fac­tur­ers of BEE Star la­beled ap­pli­ances/equip­ment and elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies. In the last 19 years (1999-2017) of the award scheme, the award par­tic­i­pants have col­lec­tively in­vested over Rs. 48,000 crores in en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses, and saved nearly Rs. 38,000 crores through re­duced elec­tric­ity bills and avoided ca­pac­ity gen­er­a­tion. In en­ergy terms, they have saved over 44 Bil­lion kWh of elec­tri­cal en­ergy, 5.1 bil­lion litres of oil, 22.6 mil­lion met­ric tonnes of coal and 250 bil­lion cu­bic me­ters of gas.

Union Min­is­ter of State (IC) for Power and New & Re­new­able En­ergy, Shri Raj Ku­mar Singh

Hon’ble Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Ajay Ku­mar Bhalla, Sec­re­tary Power

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