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India: Leading on Energy Efficiency

In India, rapid urbanization, rising incomes, and skyrocketing development are resulting in increased energy demand and millions of new electricity consumers. The country is already seeing the impacts – a strained electric grid and a growing reliance on fossil fuels. Coal is on track to be the source of 50% of India’s power capacity in 2030.

As one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas producers, the Government of India (GOI) recognized that its energy path was unsustainable. In 2015, as part of their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, GOI established its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 33-­35% of its 2005 levels by 2030. India is taking proactive measures to limit carbon emissions and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.  A recent New York Times article pointed out that India is emerging on the world stage as a leader on green policies and technologies.

CLASP has worked in India since 2001, and even helped establish India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). CLASP provides a wide range of support to BEE to strengthen and accelerate India’s appliance energy efficiency policies, including supporting the development of India’s very first voluntary policies for air conditioners and refrigerators, implemented in 2007.

Read about some of India’s recent accomplishments related to appliance energy efficiency:


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