The industrial sector is the largest consumer of energy in India. Higher energy efficiency in the industrial sector enables decoupling of economic growth from a proportionate and steep increase in energy consumption, while also mitigating environmental impact. Further, reducing energy intensity and overall energy consumption improves business competitiveness.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Ministry of Power (MoP) introduced the Perform, Achieve, Trade (PAT) Scheme in 2012 with the aim of reducing energy consumption in eight energy-intensive sectors, namely Aluminium, Cement, Chlor Alkali, Fertilizer, Iron and Steel, Pulp and Paper, Textile and Power plants. Under the PAT scheme industries are given a Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) target. If they overachieve the target they can trade Energy Savings Certificates (ESCerts) with those who have fallen short of the target.
AEEE is a member of the Energy Conservation Task Force of FICCI and has represented industry’s view to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. In October 2015, AEEE conducted a stakeholder round table on Energy Efficiency for the National Energy Policy in partnership with NITI Aayog, FICCI and Lawrence Berkley Lab, with participation from industry leaders.
AEEE’s primary programmes in the industry sector are