India’s policy think-tank, Niti Aayog, will soon rank states on the basis of energy efficiency, a move, which will help India achieve its international commitment of lowering energy consumption. This will be sixth in a series of indices, which the Niti Aayog had introduced for states over the past two years –– the others being health, education, water management, agricultural reforms and digital transaction. The first energy efficiency ranking, to be called the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, would be in place only by the middle of this year. This annual exercise will motivate states to compete for the top slot by significantly improving their energy efficiency. The Aayog has roped in energy efficiency enabling organization, the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Alliance (AEEE), as its knowledge partner to develop indices on energy consumption across four sectors –– transport, agriculture, industry and buildings.
The scorecard would comprise both qualitative and quantitative indicators, including policies and regulation, action plans, programmes and schemes developed by states, implementation of central and state government energy efficiency policies and schemes and energy savings achieved over the years. The ranking will be used to highlight energy efficiency efforts and achievements of all states, recognise leaders and encourage healthy competition among states and identify best practices in improving energy efficiency that can be replicated by other states.
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