Indian Industry Energy Efficiency Scheme Launches April 1

INDUSTRIES across India are gearing themselves up for the launch on April 1 of the PAT scheme (perform, achieve and trade) which aims to improve their energy efficiency.

Energy intensive industries across eight sectors with energy consumption more than the specified limit have been notified under the Energy Conservation Act, and selected in the Phase-I of the PAT scheme.

The scheme to be implemented by the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for energy-intensive large industries, aims to reduce energy consumption in these industries over the next three years. Companies who consume less energy than the specified limit will now be able to sell the ensuing efficiency certificates to the non-efficient companies.

The Ministry of Power has notified 563 designated industries across eight industrial sectors such as thermal power plants, fertiliser, cement, pulp and paper, textiles, chlor-alkali, iron and steel and aluminum, where consumption is very high.

The industries in these eight sectors account for about 231 million metric tonnes of oil equivalent of energy conservation annually, according to 2007-08 data, which is about 54 per cent of the total energy consumed across India.

Under the scheme, BEE will set a specific energy consumption target for each plant, depending on the level of energy intensity of that plant. The BEE’s target will specify the percentage of improved energy intensity from a set base line value over a period of three years. Energy saving certificates would be given for energy efficiency, so the industry will be able to trade these with under-performers.

Picture of Jama Masjid, Delhi by Peter Rivera

Tuesday 29th March 2011


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