Energy Efficiency projects Current Affairs - 2019
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Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project launched by EESL in partnership with GEF
The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power in partnership with Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project.
The project will help in recognizing India’s efforts towards a low emission-economy and focusing on energy efficiency programmes. Currently around two-thirds of total power generation capacity in India is based on fossil fuels. By 2030, India is committed to achieve 40% of the installed capacity based on clean energy sources.
Project will receive composite funding of $454 million comprised of $20 million GEF grant and co-financing of $434 million in form of loans and equity, including $200 million loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB). Further, EESL also has proposed Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in country.
Initiatives under this Project
New technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies & smart grid-applications will be financed for proof testing. Energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps will be undertaken. EESL also has partnered with UN Environment’s District Energy in Cities Initiative, which has already identified $600 million of projects across five cities in India.
The project is considered as significant step considering India’s efforts towards low emission-economy and focusing on energy efficiency programmes. It will also create awareness in citizens, especially among youth, to encourage energy efficiency measures like use of electric vehicles, energy efficient building codes etc. It will also facilitate sustainable growth by addressing climate change issues, boosting economy and generating greater employment in country.
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
GEF is a financial mechanism that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities. It addresses six designated focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, ozone depletion, land degradation and Persistent Organic Pollutants.
It was established on the eve of 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. It unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and private sector to address global environmental issues
India has been a leading developing country participant in the GEF since its inception in 1991 and has played a major role in shaping GEF. India is both donor and recipient of GEF.