In order to achieve the Nation’s energy savings target of 150 million ton of oil equivalent by 2030, the Union Ministry of Power led Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) has advised all the State Designated agencies to fast track implementation of energy efficiency programs in all the key sectors especially the Small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Director of BEE(MSMEs), Milind Deore who returned to New Delhi from the 27th meeting of conference of parties (COP) being conducted in Egypt had an informal discussions with the State Designated Agencies on the energy efficiency activities and way forward in MSME sector to achieve the desired climate change goals.
During the discussion, Director BEE said that, with the present challenge of climate change, transition towards an energy efficient economy is highly essential for the manufacturing sector, including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). “The MSME sector occupies a position of prominence in the Indian economy, contributing to more than 45% of the industrial output and 40% of the country's exports in value addition terms” Milind Deore said.
He said that MSMEs are the critical growth driver of the Indian economy and play a crucial role in the context of energy-intensive industries. Although their individual energy consumption is rather low, their collective energy use is considerable. He emphasized the need for adopting the latest technologies in the MSME sector to achieve energy security and competitiveness in the global market. He stressed the need for MSMEs to improve technical capacity, identify, access, adopt better technologies and operating practices.
Under the National Programme on Energy Efficiency and Technology Upgradation of MSMEs, the BEE has implemented 21 pilot energy efficient technologies with financial assistance in 4 SME sectors. Further, for bringing more competitiveness and making this sector more energy efficient, it is quite essential to understand the consumption of energy and its flow within the facility along with the classification of energy usage and its relationship to processes and production outputs in the present scenario.
Thus, the BEE is conducting energy mapping of 10 sectors which will cover energy usage patterns, detailed analysis and technology gap analysis. The BEE has also developed more than fifty (50) multimedia tutorials on energy efficient technologies for more than twenty (20) sectors for knowledge transfer and thereby easy adoption of these technologies.
He mentioned that BEE has implemented EE technologies in many energy intensive clusters of India with the support from Global Environment Facility through UNIDO and World Bank. BEE, GoI selected one district each in three States for glass industry clusters in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and two States for refractory clusters in one district in Jharkand and two districts in Andhra Pradesh for conducting detailed energy audit, which will be showcased at the national level.
APSECM officials said that the MSME sector alone consumes around 4500 Million units out of the total energy demand in Andhra Pradesh and adopting new energy efficient technologies would reduce at least 10% of energy consumption.
Director BEE appreciated the efforts of Andhra Pradesh for introducing an innovative IoT based Power monitoring device in MSMEs which was installed in 65 MSME units spread across the State. APSECM Officials thanked BEE for providing funding support towards conducting situational analysis and energy audit in MSME clusters of Fisheries, Foundries, Refractory, Dal processing, spinning and cold storages.