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Indo-German Symposium on Energy Efficiency in New Delhi

May 15, 2008

The Indo-German Symposium on Energy Efficiency takes place on 15th and 16th May 2008 in New Delhi. The Symposium focuses on energy efficiency in thermal plants as well as in buildings. The conference is an activity of the Indo-German Energy Forum, organised under the aegis of the Indian Government’s Ministry of Power and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

German and Indian businesses are strongly represented at the conference. On its first day, the Symposium discusses India's expansion plan for power generation and questions such as how to increase energy efficiency in existing thermal power plants. The conference will guide power producers, planners and designers on current efforts of efficiency improvement, India's requirement for efficiency related programmes, economic and environmental benefits and implementation of efficiency enhancement measures.

On the second day the forum will focus on energy efficiency in buildings. Experts from both countries will present recent studies, discuss state-of-the art technologies and best practices. The Symposium will facilitate the efficient implementation of concrete projects and develop corresponding policy recommendations.

Inaugurating the event on 15th May 2008, Indian Minister of State for Power and Commerce Jairam Ramesh stressed the need to develop energy efficiency and innovative building technologies in view of climate change and changing weather patterns. Observing that India, with 17 percent of the world’s population, only amounts to about 4.5 percent of green house gas emissions, he said that there has to be greater use of coal if India’s economy is to grow at the rate of eight percent. However, adoption of low carbon technologies, the Minister suggested, would be the way to the future. Recalling the history of Indo-German cooperation in the power sector, he expressed hope that the symposium would give an opportunity to learn what Germany can provide to India in terms of technology and resources in energy efficiency.

The keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Rakesh Nath, Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) of India and Mr. Andreas Obersteller, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

India and Germany face similar challenges in the energy sector, with regard to both sustainable energy development and security of energy supply. The Indo-German Energy Forum, set up in 2006, strengthens dialogue and expands bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable energy development and security of energy supply. There are a number of key areas of mutual interest which offer immense opportunities for intensified bilateral cooperation between India and Germany. These include reduction of cost of power generation through introduction of efficient technologies, increase in thermal efficiency in the existing power plants, and bringing greater focus on demand side management through promotion of energy efficient buildings including retrofitting.

Three sub-groups discuss cooperation in efficiency enhancement in the three areas of fossil fuels based power plants, CDM projects in the energy sector, and decentralised distributed generation based on biomass and other renewables.

By sharing studies on energy efficiency in Germany and India by Indian and international experts and offering an exchange of views, technical solutions and best practices between technical specialists, policy makers and the private sector, the Indo-German Symposium on Energy Efficiency aims at facilitating the efficient implementation of concrete projects and developing corresponding policy recommendations in order to strengthen energy efficiency in identified areas. Supporting measures in this regard, which when introduced on a broad scale, would not only facilitate energy conservation on a sustainable basis but also significantly contribute towards climate protection through introduction of efficient technologies and would also open up options for development of projects in India with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) benefits.



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