India

IN-7:National Energy Conservation Awards

Policy Description

This National Energy Conservation Award programme promotes energy efficiency and the adoption of clean and innovative technologies in industrial and other sectors. In this programme, enterprises from a number of sectors submit a questionnaire to BEE and are entered into a competition, judged by government officials, culminating in an awards ceremony.

Description

This National Energy Conservation Award programme promotes energy efficiency and the adoption of clean and innovative technologies in industrial and other sectors. In this programme, enterprises from a number of sectors submit a questionnaire to BEE and are entered into a competition, judged by government officials, culminating in an awards ceremony [1, 4].

The Awards programme have been in place since 1991, and historically have played an important role in India’s policy package in the absence of mandatory measures. It has grown significantly since its inception with close to 600 participants from 35 Industrial sectors, Power sector and 7 other sectors (as of 2010). It is estimated that some significant energy savings have been achieved through due to this award program [2].

An Energy Conservation Award Committee is established for judging participants and determining the award winners. The members of the Committee are drawn from the Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), National Productivity Council (NPC) and BEE. BEE also provides the administrative and technical support to the committee. 

A Technical Sub-Committee has also been established to assist Award Committee in the finalization of Awards. The Sub-Committee is made up of members from the National Productivity Council, the Central Electricity Authority, Bureau of Indian Standards, Ministry of Railways, GIZ and BEE.

Policy Information Expand this section for information on the key features of the policy, such as its date of introduction, categorization, main objective(s) and linkages with other policies.

Policy Categorisation

Policy Instrument Type: Information & Outreach

Position in the Pyramid

About Us

Participation: Voluntary

Period

Start Date: 1991

Policy Linkages

Complements Mandatory Energy Managers and Energy Audits Supporting Measure

Agencies Responsible

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
Ministry of Power

Primary Objective: Energy

Objective

To recognize innovation and achievements in energy conservation by Industries, Buildings, Railways, States and Municipalities.

Target Group

All sectors. Currently there are 35 industrial sectors, the power sector, and 7 other sectors.

Driver of energy consumption or emissions affected by policy: Energy savings and energy efficiency.

Implementation Information Expand this section for information on targets, monitoring, verification and enforcement regimes, and implementation requirements and tools.

Coverage

600 participating enterprises.

Quantitative Target? no

Progress Monitored? yes

Verification Required? yes

Enforced? no

Requirements on the Target Group

Participants must fill out a questionnaire according to their sector:

  • Large/ medium/ small scale Industry at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Industry.zip
  • Office buildings at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Office%20building.zip
  • Hotels and hospital buildings at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Hotel%20&%20Hospital.zip
  • Shopping malls at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Shopping%20malls.zip
  • Municipalities at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Municipality.zip
  • SDA (State Designated Agencies) at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/SDA.zip
  • Aviation at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Aviation.zip
  • Thermal power station at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/TPS.zip
  • Railway at http://220.156.189.23/awards_and_painting_competition/document/EC_Award/2011/Extended/Zonal%20Railway.zip

Support by Government

Award winners are invited to a public ceremony to honour their energy conservation achievements on National Energy Consevation Day. Winners also featured in the awards ceremony booklet [4].  

Implementation Toolbox

Unknown.

Impacts, Costs & Benefits Expand this section to find information on policy effectiveness and efficiency.

Impact Quantitative Estimate Qualitative Estimate
Estimated effect on energy consumption or emissions The participating units of EC Awards have collectively: • saved 17956 million kWh of electrical power over the period 1999-2011 [4] • over 2.7 million liters of oil over the period 1999-2010 [2] • 9.1 million tonnes of coal over the period 1999-2010 [2] • 22.44 billion cubic metre of gas over the period 1999-2011 [4]. In 2011 alone, the participating units of EC Award 2011 have collectively: • saved electrical energy of 3421 million kWh (avoided the installation of power generating capacity equivalent to 504 MW thermal power stations in 2010-11 [4].
Estimated costs/benefits for industry Not applicable. Not applicable.
Estimated cost for government Unknown. Unknown.
Other Benefits
General Benefits The participating units of EC Awards have collectively: • saved Rs15789 Crores and the investment made on energy efficiency projects was recovered back in 18 months over the period 1999-2011 [4]. • savings of 11.3 million rupees in 2009 [3, 4]. • collectively invested Rs.2201 Crores in energy conservation measures, and achieved a monetary savings of Rs. 2390 Crores last year (implying a payback period of 11 months) in 2011 [4].

References & Footnotes

References

[1] Mallet, A., Sheridan, N., Sorrell, S. (2011). Policy options to overcome barriers to industrial energy efficiency in developing countries. Working Paper 13/2011. UNIDO, Development Policy, Startsitics and Research Branch, Vienna, 2011.

[2] Roy, D. (2011). Industrial Energy Efficiency – India. Presentation to Clean Energy Solutions Center Webinar , Sept 27,2011. Dalkia Energy Services. Retrieved January 11, 2012 from: http://cleanenergysolutions.org/webfm_send/9

[3] UNIDO (2011). Industrial Development Report 2011 - industrial energy efficiency for sustainable wealth creation. Capturing environmental, economic and social dividends. Chapter 6: Overcoming barriers to industrial energy efficiency through regulation and other government policies.

[4] BEE (2011). National Energy Conservation Awards. Retrieved from http://www.emt-india.net/eca2011/2011.htm and http://www.emt-india.net/eca2011/award_book2011.pdf