RK Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship chaired a high level meeting to review the progress of various energy efficiency programmes and the preparedness for climate change actions in the country through video conferencing on June 16, 2021.
The purpose of this high level meeting was to discuss activities in the field of energy efficiency across all the sectors of the economy with the objective of reducingcarbon di-oxide emissions.
The minister directed to keep focus on sectors with highest emissions intensity such as transport, MSMEs and power plants. He discussed the activities defined under the mission document – ROSHANEE – which has been developed for implementing a series of energy conservation schemes across the country.
He advised the ministries to take appropriate measures on the demand side initiatives to ensure that the wastage of energy is minimised and the deployment of low carbon technologies is taken up on a massive scale, especially in the MSMEs. He instructed all the departments that electric mobility also should be more aggressively pushed.
He stressed that for better implementation of all energy efficiency schemes, the institutional mechanism in Bureau of Energy Efficiency, CPSU under Ministry of Power would be strengthened. The state agencies will also need to be strengthened to scale up energy efficiency efforts. He further emphasised to take following actions:
- Progressive electrification of economy: Detailed action plan to be developed to identify potential areas;
- Greening of electricity: a concerted push for renewables is already underway.
- A committee/group to be setup having members from all relevant ministries for implementation of the roadmap on energy efficiency and low carbon technologies;
- Strengthening of organisational structure of Bureau of Energy Efficiency and in the states.