News Article | November 23, 2015
The Indian capital New Delhi is known to be one of the world's most polluted cities (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt) More New Delhi (AFP) - India will urge rich nations to deliver "climate justice" for developing countries at a major environmental conference in Paris later this month, the environment minister has said in an interview with AFP. Prakash Javadekar called on industrialised countries to commit to more stringent targets to free up "carbon space" for the developing world to generate emissions as a necessary byproduct of growth. The UN COP21 conference starting on November 30 will bring representatives of 190 nations together to seek a groundbreaking global agreement on curbing Earth-warming emissions. "We want climate justice for the billions of poor of this world," the environment minister told AFP in New Delhi, adding that the burden for curbing emissions should lie with developed economies. "India and the developing world has taken more than their fair share (of responsibility) and the developed world has taken much less than their fair share, much less than their capacity," Javadekar said. India will push for a 'polluter pays' policy in Paris, he added, a principle whereby polluting countries bear the cost of the environmental damage they cause. Last month India, the world's third biggest carbon-emitting country, vowed to slash carbon intensity -- the amount of pollution per dollar of GDP -- by up to 35 percent by 2030. But unlike top two emitters the United States and China, India has balked at committing to major carbon reduction targets, instead defiantly vowing to double coal production by 2020. It argues stricter emissions targets would compromise efforts to boost living standards of more than a quarter of its 1.2 billion population which lives in poverty. Javadekar also called on wealthy countries to support the developing world in dealing with the effects of climate change, including the increasing frequency of floods, drought and erratic monsoons. "The developed world needs to walk their talk on finance and technology. Technology brings the solutions... It has to be made available at an affordable cost," he said. India has pledged to generate 40 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been insistent on increasing coal use to fulfil an election promise to end crippling blackouts and bring power to more than 300 million Indians living without electricity. US President Barack Obama has repeatedly urged Modi to act on the environment, saying during the premier's visit in September that "India's leadership in this upcoming conference will set the tone not just for today but for decades to come". French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Delhi on Friday as part of a last-minute tour of major emerging economies to ensure they are on board for an agreement in Paris. But India points out that it needs billions of dollars just to reach its current goal of 175,000 megawatts of green energy by 2022, up from 30,000 at the moment. "There is this central dilemma between the costs that you need to put in now and the climate benefits that you get later," Ajay Mathur, chief of the government's Bureau of Energy Efficiency, told AFP in a separate interview in Delhi. "And what we're trying to do is to walk a tightrope between these two tensions," said Mathur, a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. In Paris, nations will aim to seal a pact to cap temperature rises at no more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times. The environment minister told AFP India would readily meet its targets, having "over-achieved" on earlier promises to reduce carbon intensity by 20-25 percent by 2020. "I am very confident that we can walk a sustainable growth path," Javadekar said. "We will achieve (our targets), we are 100 percent sure."
News Article | December 6, 2015
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech during the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Its little-known team came to Paris with a mission to force rich nations to lead the way in curbing emissions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the summit that "climate justice" meant poor nations needed "room to grow". Such positions may have prompted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to say that India would be a "challenge" to deal with in Paris but, in the corridors of the U.N. climate summit, it is winning the support of other developing nations. These see India - already the number three greenhouse emitter behind China and the United States, and likely to be number two by 2040 - as the main champion of the rights of the global poor to burn more energy to grow. Others, too, concede it is a just cause for India - far poorer than China and with 300 million of its 1.25 billion people lacking access to electricity - and do not see signs of intransigence that could scupper a deal. Jennifer Morgan, of the independent U.S.-based World Resources Institute, said the idea of India as a spoiler was "a storm in a teacup". "In the meeting rooms, India is defending its interests, and proposing solutions," she said. And a source at the French presidency said India was contributing constructively, "not standing on the sidelines and just watching". In Paris, almost 200 governments are seeking an agreement that will bind both rich and poor to limit greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020 to try to stave off the worst effects of global warming on the Earth's climate. At the last, failed summit in Copenhagen six years ago, India stood with China in demanding more action by the rich. But Beijing, buoyed by strong economic growth since 2009, now works more closely with the United States, leaving New Delhi as the standard-bearer. India is in some ways a more fitting champion for the poor. Its carbon emissions were just 1.7 tonnes per capita in 2011, according to World Bank data, level with countries such as Belize or Armenia, far below China's 6.7 tonnes and just a 10th of those of the United States. "It's fair for India to try to protect the hundreds of millions of poor people in India," said Pa Ousman Jarju, Environment and Climate Minister of Gambia. Still, India is opening a coal mine a month and is set to double output by 2020, putting it at the forefront of a pan-Asian dash to burn more of the most polluting fossil fuel, which also happens to its most affordable and abundant. This means that, although it is promoting solar power and other renewables, India's overall emissions will soar. Ajay Mathur, Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and a senior member of the Indian delegation in Paris, said India's greenhouse gas emissions may grow until 2050, unless new technologies are developed. "Projections ... that go out until 2050 are still showing an increase," he said. While China has pledged that its emissions will peak no later than 2030, India's national plan promises only to slow the rise relative to its economic growth by then. India's carbon dioxide emissions grew by almost 8 percent last year, according to the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, making it the biggest contributor to global emissions growth of 0.5 percent. By 2040, they could roughly double, according to projections by U.S. scientists at Climate Interactive, overtaking the United States. But India's tough position is popular at home. When Kerry made his comment to the Financial Times last month, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar angrily shot back that he was "not doing justice to India". "Sometimes the India team does get preoccupied by having to fend off all these attacks. But they will not buckle under finger pointing from a small group of Western countries," Shyam Saran, India's chief negotiator at the 2009 Copenhagen talks, told Reuters. This time round, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a low-profile mid-level official in the environment ministry, has led the negotiating team but, unlike some of his counterparts, he has avoided the limelight. "No one man is in charge. It’s a negotiating team," said Shyam Saran, India's negotiator at the Copenhagen talks. "Sometimes the India team does get preoccupied by having to fend off all these attacks, but they will not buckle under finger pointing from a small group of Western countries." Some delegates say India picked a fight in Paris by dismissing a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that suggested rich nations were on track to deliver a promised $100 billion a year in finance by 2020. India said the numbers were riddled with double counting, and that it could only clearly identify a mere $2.2 billion. But many developing nations are backing India's stance. "They are doing it for all of us," said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. India can also argue that it is doing its bit to promote renewable energy. Prime Minister Modi and French President Francois Hollande on Monday unveiled an alliance of over 100 nations that seeks to mobilize more than a trillion dollars by 2030 to harness the abundant solar power in the tropics.
News Article | February 28, 2017
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio analysts forecast the global smart plug market size to reach USD 2.59 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of close to 38% over the forecast period, according to their latest report. The research study by Technavio on the global smart plug market for 2017-2021 provides detailed industry analysis based on end-users (residential and commercial), technology adopters (innovators, early adopters, and early majority), and geography (the Americas, EMEA, and APAC). Smart plugs are used to convert ordinary household appliances into smart appliances. Residential consumers are the key end-users for the market, who use smart plugs as an affordable alternative to purchasing built-in smart appliances. Additionally, the rise in the number of smart homes is also driving the growth of the market segment. Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more. Technavio analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global smart plug market: “Consumers are increasingly depending on new technologies to manage their fast-changing lifestyles and need for convenience. The improvement in network infrastructure has enabled the wide scale adoption of wireless and technologically advanced products,” says Ujjwal Doshi, one of the lead analysts at Technavio for consumer electronics research. The concept of controlling all the electronic components of a home is gaining increasing attention, and vendors are developing smart plugs to cater to this demand. Smart plugs allow homeowners to operate and monitor all connected appliances via a smartphone. Use of connectivity as a differentiating feature by manufacturers Connectivity can be achieved through various wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or ZigBee. The option to connect devices to any of these technologies via a smart plug is highly desirable and is drawing the attention of many tech savvy consumers. Connectivity with these solutions allows for interoperability and cloud integration, pushing for increased adoption. The major advantages of adopting smart plugs to achieve wireless connectivity include new functionalities, higher product utilization, and capabilities that transcend traditional product boundaries. “The concept of smart homes is quickly becoming popular, and homeowners are looking for affordable smart appliances, which fall within their budget. This need is a major driver behind the popularity of smart plugs,” says Ujjwal. Smart homes make efficient use of energy and save on bills and utilities. The growing demand for energy-efficient homes to meet the regulations set by agencies such as American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and Department of Energy (DOE) will drive the demand for smart plugs during the forecast period. Become a Technavio Insights member and access all three of these reports for a fraction of their original cost. As a Technavio Insights member, you will have immediate access to new reports as they’re published in addition to all 6,000+ existing reports covering segments like gaming, internet and e-commerce, and publishing and advertising. This subscription nets you thousands in savings, while staying connected to Technavio’s constant transforming research library, helping you make informed business decisions more efficiently. Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies. Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, resellers, and end-users. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at email@example.com.
Mathur J.,Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur |
Garg V.,International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad |
Jangra V.,Bureau of Energy Efficiency
ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, ES 2010 | Year: 2010
The Energy Conservation Act 2001 was the first major initiative in India to channelize and catalyze energy efficiency improvement in various sectors of economy. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency was set up per the provision of this act, which in 2007 brought out Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) with an overall purpose of providing minimum requirements for the energy efficient design and construction of buildings. ECBC covers building envelope, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, interior and exterior lighting system, service hot water, electrical power and motors. Since the launch of this code in May 2007, efforts are being made to promote and facilitate the adoption of this code through several training and capacity building programs. A program committee has been set to take care of the comments from stakeholders and inconsistencies, due to which revision of the code was brought out in May 2008. Currently the code is voluntary in the initial phase, but it is designed to be mandatory in future. One major feature of the code is that implementation is left under the scope of State and local governments. During the capacity building effort, a need was felt to provide additional guidance to design and construction professionals on the rationale behind the ECBC specifications and provide explanations to the key terms and concepts. The ECBC User Guide was therefore developed and released in July 2009 for this purpose. This paper describes the current status, experiences during capacity building and market transformation required for successful implementation of this code. It also covers commentary on how various stakeholders are contributing towards one common goal in different ways. With successful implementation, the code is expected to reduce the energy consumption of the upcoming new buildings by 20-40% from their average performance level at the time of launch of ECBC. Having this huge potential of energy saving, there is an urgent need to address the problems and issues for early adoption of the energy conservation building code in the country. © 2010 by ASME.
Garnaik S.,Bureau of Energy Efficiency |
Thapliyal B.P.,Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute |
Mathur R.M.,Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute
IPPTA: Quarterly Journal of Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association | Year: 2011
The Union Cabinet has recently approved the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). The Mission will usher in the four new initiatives to significantly scale up implementation of energy efficiency in India. The flagship of the Mission is the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) mechanism, which is a market-based mechanism to make improvements in energy efficiency in energy-intensive large industries (known as Designated Consumers) making them more cost-effective by certification of energy savings that could be traded. The PAT mechanism is designed for the industries to achieve the legal obligations under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 (Ammended), and also to provide necessary market based incentives to overachieve the targets set for them. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has carried out background work to design a transparent, flexible, efficient and robust system for the PAT mechanism. The key issues considered for the final preparations of the mechanism are: a) Methodology for target setting for each sector b) Monitoring and verification, in particular the identification of verification agencies that would be assigned by BEE for this purpose. c) The manner of trading of the energy saving certificates, in particular instruments that could increase liquidity in the system. In the present article, broad principles on the above mentioned issues and several other related issues that are important in the overall implementation of the PAT scheme in pulp and paper sector are discussed.
News Article | February 23, 2017
V-Guard Industries Ltd., India's leading consumer electrical and electronics major, today announced that it has been awarded the 5-star rating for energy efficiency by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for its submersible bore well pump models for...