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    By making buildings green Govt eyes Rs 35,000 crore savings

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    NEW DELHI: By making all existing and future government as well as commercial buildings in the country energy efficient in the next few years and use the saved electricity to light up poor homes and energise irrigation pumps the power ministry has set its sights on achieving an estimated Rs 35,000 crore annual savings. 

    To push application of energy efficient lighting and appliances, the government is aiming to achieve this goal, through the Energy Conservation Building Code-2017, framed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the ministry and using Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. 

    According to government estimates, by reducing power consumption for lighting and air-conditioning in these buildings, retrofitting of existing buildings with energy efficient lights, appliances and other initiatives has the potential of saving nearly 30-40 billion units annually. 

    In accordance with the energy code designing new buildings is estimated to achieve a reduction of another 300 billion units in power consumption each year by 2030. 

    The carbon footprint is expected to reduce by these measures by 250 million tonnes a year of CO2 equivalent. 

    Power, coal, renewable and mines minister Piyush Goyal said after releasing the code on Monday, “How much electricity does a poor household with a fan, a few lights — and maybe we can give them a cooler — need every month? Maybe 30-40 units? Now do your math. Just imagine how many poor households can be powered free of cost; how many farmers can be given free power for their pumps from the savings.” 

    As primary energy demand in India has been growing at a rapid rate, rising from 450 million tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE) in 2000 to 900 million TOE in 2015, it is important to make government and commercial buildings more energy efficient. In 2030, a further increase to 1,500 million TOE is expected. 

    Every year, about 1,100 billion units of electricity is consumed by India. About 37% of total electricity consumption is consumed by residential and commercial buildings. As one billion square metres of new commercial buildings are expected to be added by 2030 this makes conservation an absolute imperative. 

    News source: realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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