Past Events

International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE) - 2018

An International Gathering Showcasing & Promoting Innovation and Implementation in Futuristic Energy Efficiency Technologies, Policies and Financing Mechanism

November 11-13, 2018
Hotel The LaLiT, New Delhi, India

As energy markets evolve and undergo disruption and new innovative tools that are emerging through the domain of Big Data, IoT and Block chain become mainstream, there are phenomenal opportunities to ramp up the deployment of energy efficiency measures in a way that the world has not seen before. Against this backdrop, EESL, the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) along with our supporting organisations present "International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE) - 2018". Focused on the theme of Innovation, INSPIRE 2018 will be a unique platform for learning and collaboration to bring together key policy-makers, influencers, innovators, thought leaders, researchers, leading energy-efficiency companies, government agencies, business leaders and stakeholders from diverse sectors in India and abroad to discuss energy policies, market transformation strategies, and technology and business-model led transformations. The convening of these players during the event and post-session networking holds tremendous potential for new collaborations and public private partnerships.

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InnovateToINSPIRE Innovation Challenge 2018
August 21st, 2018 - October 12th, 2018

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India has significant ambitions for energy security and sustainability. By 2030, India aims to reduce its emissions target to 33-35 percent - amongst the highest across developing countries - and increase the share of non-fossil fuel-based electricity to 40 percent.

To reach these sustainability targets, newer technologies and approaches need to be implemented. As a nation, India has achieved significant strides both in renewable generation and adopting energy efficiency, with renewables constituting 8 percent of the total domestic grid, and the nation’s energy intensity declining by 58 percent between 2005-06 and 2015-16.

However, the effectiveness in both these arenas is inhibited by several specific challenges. Although a clean form of energy, renewables provide intermittent electricity access and therefore expose transmission grids to risks of collapse. Energy consumption in India is expected to increase by 165 percent by 2040, but adoption of energy efficient alternatives is limited to specific appliances and institutions with minimal support for risk-sharing by financial institutions.

The intervention potential for targeted innovations – technologies, processes and business models that can sustain clean energy supply and responsible consumption while balancing development ambitions - is not only significant, but a critical need as developing nations like India bear the brunt of the burden of climate change action.


To spark this movement, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and World Resources Institute (WRI) are proud to conduct the #InnovateToINSPIRE Challenge 2018.

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.


South Knowledge Exchange Program in Energy Efficiency
June 11- 15, 2018 New Delhi, India

The South-South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE) Program in Energy Efficiency (EE) is designed as a collaborative platform to provide opportunities to South Asia Region (SAR) countries for knowledge exchange and learning in order to enhance their capacity to deliver energy efficiency (EE) and Demand Side Management (DSM) programs in their respective countries. The program aims to enhance greater connectivity between the community of the World Bank Group (WBG)’s energy efficiency practitioners and country stakeholders from across the SAR countries with the key players in Korea’s energy efficiency industry and community, led by the Korea Energy Agency (KEA) and in India, led by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The overall emphasis of the knowledge exchange is on financing, implementation and delivery of energy efficiency. The project is funded by the Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF).

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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.

International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency 2017
27th November to 1st December, 2017 | Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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

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 energy-efficiency

GEF-5 (Global Environment Facility-5)


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:

  • Component 1: Programme to identify energy intensive clusters and replicable technologies.
  • Component 2: Demonstration projects and aggregation of demand for demonstrated technologies in the clusters; and
  • Component 3: Financing models to support replication of energy efficiency projects in MSMEs.

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.

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