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Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-habitat

  • 10 Sep 2019
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Recently, an international conference on Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-habitat (ANGAN ) commenced in New Delhi.

  • The conference focuses primarily on achieving Energy Efficiency in the building sector.
  • It is being organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power in collaboration with GIZ under the Indo German Technical Cooperation initiative.
  • Experts and policymakers from around 16 countries are participating in this event.

Key Highlights

  • The conference aims to identify economically viable alternatives and technologies in the field of design and construction of energy-efficient commercial and residential buildings.
  • It is estimated that an investment of Rs. 2000 billion in Building energy efficiency activities would lead to a cumulative savings of 388 billion units of electricity for the next ten years.
  • Apart from energy savings, the emphasis will also be given to other resources like water and other materials that can be saved in the building sector.
  • In India, buildings have become an important component of our integrated energy policy. The formidable challenges this sector poses during policy formulation includes:
    • Providing adequate energy of desired quality to the consumers,
    • Reasonable costs to the consumers,
    • Improved efficiency for the suppliers, etc.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

  • It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power.
  • BEE assists in developing policies and strategies with the primary objective of reducing the energy inefficiency of the Indian economy.
  • BEE in 2007 launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) to set energy efficiency standards for the design and construction of buildings, as a first step towards promoting energy efficiency in the building sector.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

  • It is a German development agency.
  • The thematic areas of GIZ in India are:
    • Renewable Energy & energy efficiency
    • Environment, Climate Change, and Biodiversity
    • Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development
    • Sustainable Economic Development

Source: PIB

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