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Published on: Dec. 19, 2023, 2:41 p.m.
EESL’s strategy for enabling Net-Zero

By Animesh Mishra. The author is Head of Sales & PR, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd

In the pursuit of sustainable development and heightened energy efficiency, India finds itself at a pivotal crossroads, necessitating a tailor-made solution to grapple with the unique challenges presented by diverse and widely distributed energy efficiency initiatives. EESL, renowned for its pioneering efforts in expanding access to energy-efficient solutions, has assumed a crucial role in meeting these challenges head on. 

Over the years, EESL has successfully implemented some of the largest energy efficiency projects across India. However, the company is now entering a new phase, marked by the introduction of an innovative one-stop marketplace – a digital platform intricately crafted to offer a comprehensive array of energy-efficient solutions, products, and government schemes.

The complexity inherent in energy efficiency projects, involving various stakeholders spanning over different geographies and technical intricacies, demands a standardised and efficient process. The e-marketplace, as envisioned by EESL, will be a first of its kind, fully integrated with information technology, streamlining mega-scale projects for swift approval and digitalised project deliveries. 

To expedite and accelerate the adoption of innovation in energy efficiency products and services, EESL is looking to bring an easy access to financing for MSME and start-up sector which would be looking to adopt energy-efficient technology from the platform. It would also give industry access to empanel and place their products and services for wider outreach on the e-marketplace.

By standardising agreements for both products and services, EESL will create a transparent and consistent framework. This will not only facilitate smoother transactions but also foster trust among industry players, businesses and consumers, thereby catalysing the growth of the energy efficiency market. 

The marketplace will incorporate an automated process through SAP, ensuring seamless integration of vendor payments, finance and the entire product or service delivery supply chain. This digital transformation is poised to simplify acquisition and payment processes for businesses and individuals alike.

The digital integration of the e-marketplace takes efficiency a step further by expediting project approvals and deliveries. Leveraging information technology, the platform accelerates appraisal processes, including entity evaluations based on goods and services tax performance, application programming interface-based integration, and self-appraisals. This digitalisation enhances efficiency and supports the scalability of energy efficiency interventions, addressing the challenges posed by the disaggregated nature of such projects.

EESL’s pursuit of innovation extends beyond the marketplace, as the organisation actively explores new frontiers such as super-efficient air-conditioning, induction cook-stoves and energy-efficient fans. This underscores EESL’s commitment to staying at the forefront of advancements in energy efficiency and sustainability. 

  • EESL’s pursuit of innovation extends beyond the marketplace, as the organisation actively explores new frontiers such as super-efficient air-conditioning, induction cook-stoves and energy-efficient fans

In line with these initiatives, EESL is implementing its 2030 strategy, which is rooted in the principle of ‘enabling Net-Zero’. This comprehensive approach focusses on integrated solutions across diverse sectors, prioritizing public sectors, utilities, MSMEs, rural areas, agriculture and affordable housing. The strategy encompasses a wide range of innovative and affordable energy solutions, including super-efficient appliances, energy-efficient buildings, e-mobility, and more.

EESL’s forward-looking vision is evident in the launch of new programmes, such as the National Efficient Cooking Programme (NECP), Energy Efficient Fan Programme (EEFP) and the launch of energy efficient LED inverter bulbs. Additionally, EESL is positioned as the nodal agency for guiding public sector entities towards Net-Zero.

The organisation is also venturing into e-mobility, smart and efficient distribution utilities, Net-Zero cities and villages, Net-Zero cold chains, Net-Zero industries, and international collaborations with entities like USAID SAREP. This holistic vision underscores EESL’s commitment to driving a comprehensive transition towards carbon neutrality and sustainability across various sectors in India.

The organisation has been known for playing a central role in propelling India towards Net Zero emissions by championing advancements in energy efficiency through its initiatives like Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for ALL (UJALA) and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).

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