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Punjab becomes first state to include energy efficiency in school syllabus

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New Delhi:  Punjab has taken the lead in incorporating energy efficiency as a subject in the school curriculum and in the requisite training of teachers in all schools across the state, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said at the awards function on National Energy Conservation Day on Monday.

I am happy to inform that Punjab has taken the lead through training of teachers in all schools across the state and incorporating a chapter in the school syllabus,

“I am sure that the other states would emulate the initiative taken by the state government of Punjab.

I do not doubt the fact that India will fulfill its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to climate agreement) commitments. It’s the only way successfully leaving behind for the next generation a cleaner planet, healthier future, a more prosperous nation to live in,” the minister added.

At the National Energy Conservation Day awards last year, Goyal had announced that a government girls’ school in Punjab’s Jalandhar would be the first in the country to introduce energy efficiency as a subject in the school curriculum, after girl students from Punjab, along with students from other schools across the country, interacted with him via video link.

In response to student Simran Kaur’s suggestion, Goyal had said he would immediately put up to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani the proposal to have energy efficiency as a subject in schools. (IANS)

(Picture Courtesy: www.yespunjab.com)

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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede
A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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Indian High Commission in London Lits up in Energy Efficient Tricolour

The building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting, leading to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption

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The Indian High Commission in London
London: The Indian High Commission in London is decorated with energy efficient tricolour lights as part of a pact with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). PTI
  • The Indian High Commission in London has signed up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  • Under the contract, 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India will be installed that will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years
  • So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models

London, June 30, 2017: As a step leading towards annual energy and cost savings, the Indian High Commission building in central London has been lit up in energy efficient tricolour. The High Commission, the largest Indian diplomatic mission, is situated in the iconic ‘India House’ building. Now it has become the first to sign up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

According to the statement by EESL, “Under the contract, EESL will install 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India. The installation of these LED lights will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years.”

The statement also mentioned that the building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting. This will lead to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Last month, during the UK visit of Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, the agreement between EESL and the Indian High Commission in London was signed.

According to PTI reports, Under the ESCO model created by EESL, a joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, energy savings and/or demand reductions are purchased by a utility using a predetermined rate.

The result of the implementation of the LED programme is energy savings, which are then monetised. Upon completion of the LED project, EESL is paid fixed amounts per kWh. Then an authorised measurement and verification (M&V) organisation assesses and analyses the savings achieved. The duration of this project is seven years, within which EESL provides operational maintenance of the installed lights as well.

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EESL stated, “EESL, under the administration of the Indian government’s Ministry of Power, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio (worth 5.6bn pounds over a period of three years) establishing 20-fold growth.”

So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models. EESL is looking forward to leverage this implementation experience and explore new opportunities in the global market for the diversification of its portfolio. The company has already set up overseas operations in the UK, South Asia and South East Asia.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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International building simulation conference begins in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad: The 14th international building simulation conference began here on Monday with the speakers calling for expanding the use of energy simulation for designing energy efficient and high-performance buildings in India.

The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) is holding the conference for the first time in India.

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad is hosting the three-day event aimed at advancing the research and practices in various disciplines of building energy analysis and performance simulation.

The conference, being attended by over 300 delegates from 40 countries, is expected to benefit people learning about the field of building performance including building designers, architects, sustainability managers, researchers and developers.

Conference chair Vishal Garg, who is head of Centre for IT in Building Science at the IIIT, said simulations will play a key role to support the implementation of building energy codes and to design high-performance buildings.

Telangana’s Information Technology Secretary Jayesh Ranjan noted that Hyderabad has taken the lead in setting up India’s first platinum rated green building and also taking up the initiative in retrofitting existing buildings into green Buildings.

He said building simulation will play a major role in government’s initiative of developing smart cities.

South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration’s former programme director Padu Padmanabhan said that by designing energy efficient and high-performance buildings, besides using renewable energy wherever possible, India should bring the energy demand under control. “We need to work on both sides of the energy equation that is, supply side and demand side, to bring down the emissions,” he said.

Confederation of Indian Industry-Indian Green Building Council executive director, Raghupathy, said India has grown tremendously in the field of green buildings. With one building in 2003, today over 3.14 billion square feet green building footprint is registered with IGBC.

He said India is the second country in the world with largest registered footprint.(ians)

(picture credit:www.eecs.berkeley.edu)