The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a government agency set up to conserve energy, is devising norms for saving energy in public buildings and commercial establishments, such as schools, hospitals, malls and offices.“Given the wide range in their annual energy consumption, the potential for energy saving in government buildings is in the range of 130- 150 mw a year, which means an annual saving of almost Rs 1,400 crore,” BEE energy economist Sanjay Seth said.
“The idea is to set up a baseline of energy consumption in these buildings by implementing energy conservation and energy efficiency measures. The exercise will provide a framework for comparative assessment and setting up conservation targets. It will also help in effective implementation of energy conservation building code (ECBC), launched last year,” Sanjay Seth said.
BEE has started with public sector buildings in the first phase. The bureau is in the
process of conducting energy audits in government buildings and based on the results of these audits it recommends steps to cut down on energy usage. It has already turned Rashtrapati Bhawan, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Sanchar Bhawan into energy efficient structures. “There is an energy saving of 20-23% in Rashtrapati Bhawan after the shift to energy-efficient norms,” a BEE official said.
In the first phase, BEE has identified more than 20 government buildings to be converted into energy-efficient buildings, which includes Parliament House, Sharam Shakti Bhawan and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). In the next phase, the bureau plans to undertake work on close to 20 buildings in different states.
“We have identified around 500 buildings across the country to be converted into energy-efficient buildings soon,” the official said. According to BEE estimates, the total commercial space occupied by the government is around 2.5 million square meters and the scope of energy-efficiency improvements in these buildings is immense.
Courtsey- Economic Times