International Day of Yoga - 2018 June 21, 2018
International Day of Yoga -2018 presents an occasion for all organizations devoted to the promotion of Yoga to come forward and spread the message about the rewards of regular practice of yoga among the general public. Every individual stands to gain from the regular practice of yoga through long term benefits in health, happiness and well being.Common Yoga Protocol (CYP)
We all know that the thrust of the IDY observation on 21st June is on harmonious mass yoga demonstrations in which millions of people participate around the globe, at thousands of venues. When participation of people is on such a massive scale, there has to be some serious planning behind it, if the demonstration is to be in harmony. Some of the most accomplished yoga gurus of India came together to address this issue. They developed the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP) for this purpose, which is essentially a specified sequence of Yoga Asanas of 45 minutes duration. The Asanas and practices forming part of the CYP are selected in such a way as to yield the maximum health & wellbeing rewards to a diverse group of people from different profiles of health, age etc. Let us follow CYP and pledge to make Yoga an integral part of our lives.
National Launch of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan
EESL lights up lives by accelerating UJALA’s implementation among rural communities In consonance with six rural empowerment schemes, UJALA distributes energy-efficient LED bulbs across 16000 Indian villages
Launch Date : April 14th, 2018
The Government of India has launched Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, to promote social harmony and apprise rural communities of various government welfare schemes and initiatives. The campaign will be implemented between 14th April and 5th May 2018 in 16000 villages across India.
As part of this initiative, 16000 Indian villages with a significantly large number of low income households will be able to buy LED bulbs for a special price of Rs. 50 under the Unnat Jyoti By Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme. The LED bulbs will equip homes with energy-efficient, cost-effective lighting, and higher lumen output than conventional incandescent bulbs.
The initiative was inaugurated by flagging off the UJALA vans across India. Overall 1300 vans will travel across 16000 villages in the country spreading awareness about energy efficiency, energy conservation and distributing the LED bulbs. The LED bulbs to be distributed in this period will have the logo of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan on the boxes.
Launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, UJALA programme promotes energy conservation by increasing the use of energy-efficient LED lighting at residential level. Implementing the UJALA programme, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Super ESCO under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, Government of India, has distributed superior quality LED bulbs to domestic consumers, enabling them to achieve energy saving of up to 90 percent, in comparison to incandescent bulbs.
INSPIRE 2017 is India's signature, first time ever, Energy Efficiency event, bringing togethervarious policy makers, innovators, financiers, influencers and stakeholders to showcase bestpractices in transformative policies, large scale implementation, financing models and high-impact research initiatives from India and across the globe. INSPIRE 2017 is an InternationalConference Showcasing Innovation and Implementation Best Practices in Energy EfficiencyTechnologies, Policies and Financing. This flagship conference for the energy efficiencycommunity offers a platform where discussions on energy efficiency policies, markettransformation strategies, emerging technologies, delivery and business-model driventransformations can occur within an analytical framework facilitated by professional papers andthought-provoking dialogue. The 5-day confluence of global and national thought-leaders andimplementers is designed to expand perspectives on energy efficiency and spur ideas andsolutions that will help leverage the full potential of energy efficiency and bring its multiple co-benefits to the fore.
For more details, visit the INSPIRE 2017 website at http://inspire.ind.in/
Global Environment Facility – 6 (GEF 6)
“Creating & Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency” And “District Energy in Cities”
Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 | Le Meridien, Windsor Place, New Delhi 110001, India
EESL has partnered with Global Environment Facility (GEF), which has provided a grant ofaround $20 million to enable EESL to play a leading role in India’s transformational shift towardsa low-emission economy, focusing on energy efficiency. This project, “Creating and SustainingMarkets for Energy Efficiency” brings together a number of technical and financing partners,including United Nations Environment (UNEP), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the GermanKfW under a $ 430 million package, which aims to mitigate 60 million tons of CO 2eq &total direct energy savings of 38.3 million GJ by 2022 and 137.5 million GJ by 2032.
For more details, visit the GEF website at https://www.thegef.org/project/creating-and-sustaining-markets- energy-efficiency
Promoting Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency in Micro, Small & MediumEnterprises
The GEF-5 project focuses on improving energy efficiency in the MSMEindustrial sector of India via continued capacity building, informationdissemination, and establishment of standard operating procedures forimplementing energy efficiency (EE) investment projects. Due to the evolvingneeds of the market, the Indian Government and UNIDO have decided that it willbe more beneficial to the sector to change the focus of support mechanisms forenergy efficiency in the MSME industry in order to stimulate longer-termsustainable change in market mechanisms and behaviour.
To be more precise, the overall project objective is to promote theimplementation of energy efficiency in the MSME sector; to create and sustain arevolving fund mechanism to ensure replication of energy efficiency measures inthe sector; and to address the identified barriers for scaling-up energyefficiency measures and consequently promote a cleaner and more competitiveMSME industry in India. Here, GEF being the funding agency has partnered withUNIDO as implementing body, Ministry of MSME as leading executing agency andEESL as the main Executing partner, in order to achieve the desired objectivein a time span of 36 months. Total cost reserved for this project is 31.3million USD.
The proposed project has 3 substantive components:
Incomponent 1, a total of 10 energy intensive clusters have already beenidentified based on the mentioned objective criteria. The list of the clustersshortlisted include- Jodhpur-Limestone, Varanasi-Brick Kiln, Vapi-Chemical & Dyes, Surat- Textile,Morbi-Ceramic, Vellore-Rice Mill, Jorhat-Tea, Odisha-Sponge Iron, andBatala/Jalandhar/ Ludhiana-Casting & Forging and Pali Textile cluster.Also, 33 technologies have been singled out that have maximum impact on thecluster as a whole.
Forcomponent 2, the project will short-list 100 LSPs and unit level technicalpersonnel in installation, operations and maintenance of the technologiesdemonstrated. This will be done through cluster level workshops on thetechnologies being demonstrated and a LSP coordination mechanism shall beestablished through the PMU. Furthermore, a peer to peer network will beestablished to analyze and validate the energy savings information from thedemonstration projects. This network will include local technology experts,LSPs, representatives of MSME Associations at the cluster level, etc. This willnot only enhance the credibility of the results, but also foster informationexchange amongst industrial enterprises and encourage new enterprises. The networkwill be an interactive platform managed by the EESL PMU engaged experts.Results from the project demonstrations will be developed into case studies andshared through the established network. The network will also be used to enlistMSME units for replication and scaling up activities. What’s more- MSME units will be shortlisted to implementtechnology demonstration of the identified technologies. The units will beselected based on their availability and willingness to share technicaland commercial data, provide access to other units for technologiesimplemented, etc. The demonstration will include customization of thetechnologies to suit the requirements of the units. The demonstration oftechnology shall involve replacing the energy inefficient systems with the mostenergy efficient system. Following the demonstration activities, EESL willaggregate the demand with a target to reach out to about 400 units in theclusters where implementation of technical proposals is possible. Theinvestments in these units will be done by EESL through its own funds (equityfrom its own sources) or commercial loans from SIDBI and/or other banks, or byan ESCO which will be arranged/facilitated by EESL with financial assistancefrom schemes of the Ministry of MSME.
In the final component i.e. 3, sustainable and effective financing mechanismswill be established to support the replication of Energy Efficiency projects inMSMEs. In order to achieve this objective, officials from government agencies(Ministry of MSME, MOEF, MOP, etc.) and private banks/financial institutionswill be sensitized on promoting EE equipment and trained on evaluating andinvesting in industrial EE projects. And, to ensure that the replication of theEE projects in the MSME sector continues beyond the GEF project, a RevolvingFund will be set up to sustain the activity. The EESL MSME Revolving Fund(EMRF) will be seeded with the GEF grant, to be disbursed to industrial MSMEUnits and will be accredited by a portion of the returns that EESL will receivefrom implementing the project. The objective of this model will be to reducethe transaction costs of MSME units, to be undertaken by the SMEIP-E; for this,financial arrangements with FIs/banks will be worked out by EESL. The modelswill work on the principle of “Pay-As-You-Save” (PAYS) where regular paymentsto EESL/ESCO will be done by the units after installation of the technology.
Presently, 7 Baseline Surveys , 5 videographic studies have be conductedin the shortlisted clusters. The sole purpose of these studies was to capturethe present scenario and the pulse of the industry for the upcoming project. Inaddition to this, 5 insightful workshops have been conducted in Surat, Vapi,Jodhpur, Odisha and Ludhiana clusters to generate maximum awareness among the targetgroup of beneficiaries.
This project will prove to be a boon for the MSME units who have beenwaiting long to switch over the Energy Efficient alternatives.