Stuart Turvey, Commercial Director from TEAM (Energy Auditing Agency Ltd.), participated in a UK panel with SKM Enviros and the Carbon Trust. Together the panel presented their experiences from the UK in the adoption of energy efficient practices and the benefits of interval energy data in managing energy consumption, costs and emissions.
TEAM recently represented ESTA in India, participating in a ‘Workshop on Incentivising Improved Energy Efficiency Through the Use of Advanced/Smart Metering Technologies and Associated Management Tools’. Held in New Delhi in conjunction with the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the workshop was the first of its kind in bringing together large industrial energy consumers and government policy makers to begin to tackle challenges emerging from Indias increasing appetite for energy.
The objective of the workshop was to support key Indian industrial players in making a success of the new energy efficiency trading scheme: the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN INDIA?
Historically Energy Managers and Sustainability Managers have not been common place in Indian organisational structures the way they are at home in the UK. Local politicians and business owners are keen to follow a similar path to their UK counterparts to meet their PAT obligations.
The PAT scheme is a flagship Government of India (GOI) policy, intended to drive energy efficiency improvement across 8 energy intensive sectors, including power, iron and steel and cement. It will enable India to deliver on its domestic energy security agenda and its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25% reduction in carbon intensity by 2020 against 2005 levels.
The PAT scheme was rolled out in April 2011 for high energy consuming industries in India. The aim of the scheme is to encourage the industrial sector to put energy efficiency measures in place, and to comply with energy consumption targets which are set by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
The effect of implementation of the PAT scheme on Indian businesses will encourage companies to reduce their energy costs and consider alternative energy sources. It will also require organisations to consider their options for monitoring & targeting energy use and trading energy credits.
Great interest was shown in TEAMs Energy Management tools at local trade fairs and exhibitions attended. M&T software, Renewable Technologies, and as with every overseas visit, TEAM web dashboards stole the show with their ability to clearly and easily communicate energy usage .
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR UK INDUSTRY AND UK SUSTAINABILITY?
The PAT scheme is a global first, due to the scale of this nationwide policy, the success of the scheme could push India to the forefront as global leader in energy efficiency policy and provides an immediate source of demand for energy efficiency expertise. The impact on the UK and global businesses supply chain, from raw materials to waste, can further support UK CSR policies and more carbon efficient buying practices when trading with Indian partners. As more low carbon legislation is mandated across the globe, an organisation’s international operations can increasingly contribute to reducing their global carbon footprint.