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UK to Share Best Practices in Energy Efficiency With AP

Hyderabad, Sept 8 (INN): Impressed with the various Energy Efficiency activities of State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM), the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has agreed in principle to share the best practices with Government of Andhra Pradesh in Energy Efficiency & Energy Conservation (EE&EC) initiatives to achieve the desired goals of huge energy savings of around 15,000 million units per annum (p.a.) in the key sectors like Industry, Agriculture, Domestic and Government offices & street lights, etc.

The UK Govt has also accepted to strengthen and assist the SECM in implementing Energy Efficiency programmes by providing technical support and involving various prominent Energy Efficiency companies of the UK to facilitate sharing of best energy efficiency practices, introduce latest technologies & Enhance Energy Conservation Movement.

Disclosing the above details, Baroness Sandip Verma, Minister for Energy & Climate Change, Govt. of UK, has assured the Chief Secretary & Chairperson of SECM Dr P K Mohanty to depute high level delegation of experts of Energy and representatives of Energy Efficiency companies of UK to Andhra Pradesh to share the best practices, particularly a World Class Comprehensive Demand Side Management (CDSM) which has been implemented over two decades back by the UK.

On behalf of SECM, while interacting with Baroness Sandip Verma at a meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, at Godrej GBC, Hyderabad, A Chandra Sekhara Reddy, CEO/SECM has highlighted various initiatives of SECM which have been taken up vigorously to ensure energy efficiency and preventing wastage of precious energy by involving general public/stakeholders in a large scale apart from promotion of Solar power.

Apart from State level, SECM has made all arrangements to motivate District Energy Conservation Committees (DECC) headed by respective District Collectors to take up Energy Auditing in major Government Buildings, Devising specific action plans for reduction of wastage & improvement of efficiency at high energy consumption points like ACs, water pumping stations etc., Holding monthly Energy Conservation review meetings, Conducting wide range awareness programmes to educate people on EE&EC measures, Special programmes for School children to educate them on EC, etc.

The CEO/SECM apprised the Rt. Hon’ble Minister for Energy & Climate Change, Govt. of UK that Dr. Mohanty, Chief Secretary, has directed Industries Department to take up linking incentives to the energy efficient industries and examining the smart grid system for all industrial parks towards enhancing energy efficiency. The Chief Secretary also directed key Departments to submit reports on Energy Efficiency Improvement Plans (EEIP) to the Government.

The Industries Department also contemplates to notify Green Factory Building code which mandates allowing of Natural Day light & Fresh Air Ventilation into the factory building, providing of vegetation for at least 15% of the total site area, usage of T5, CFL’s for all interior lighting applications & LED for external lighting.

Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, UK, Phil Marker, Counsellor & Head Energy Climate & Growth Unit, British High Commission, New Delhi, Andrew McAllister, Deputy High Commissioner, Arun Pillai, Deputy Head of Mission & Head of UK Trade & Investment, British Deputy High Commissioner (BDHC), Mrinalini Shastry, Political Economic Advisor, BDHC, Suresh Chitturi, Vice-Chairman, CII-AP, Krishna Ram Bhupal, Convenor, CII AP Energy Panel, S. Raghupathi, Executive Director, CII, and senior officers of AP Government attended the high level meet. (INN)

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