|September 2016. International experience exchange: UNDP EE Projects from Russia and India will work together on building energy efficiency|
India is a country with more than a billion people, located in a zone of tropical climate, where the number of sunny days per year far exceeds overcast. At first sight, what could hot India and Russia possibly have in common in the field of energy efficiency?
India is the sixth largest energy consuming country in the world and it strongly depends on oil imports, since most of its energy needs to be covered by the use of this energy source. Therefore, energy independence, which India plans to achieve with an active development of renewable energy and introduction of energy saving technologies, is one of the most important priorities of a state policy at the present stage.
The United Nations Development Programme also conducts activities in this country. In particular, a project of the UNDP-GEF BEE (building energy efficiency) has the same goals as a similar Project in Russia.
On September 12, a round-table was held to exchange experiences in the field of energy saving in buildings between India and Russia. The event was moderated by Project Manager Mr. Srinivas, who shared about the difficulties they faced within the performance of the assigned tasks. The main energy saving potential in residential facilities in India is a system of conditioning, whose power consumption is comparable to heating systems in Russia. Insulation of walls and roofs which are being used in India to limit the degree of heating areas from direct sun can be compared with the volume of energy that Russia uses to prevent heat loss in a cold season.
During the visit to the city of Jaipur (Rajasthan), the Project experts visited a few pilot demonstration projects of energy efficient renovation of the budget objects (finishing of the additional floors of the clinic and a building which is already in operation after capital repairs, the building of the Ministry of Forestry), and one of a new modern construction (medical College). All these projects were implemented with the support of various international funds and executed in accordance with the world's best and most affordable practices in the field of energy efficiency. The experts of the UNDP-GEF Project, "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia", took note of the number of technical solutions used during the capital repairs, because soon work will begin in the pilot regions of the Project on energy efficient renovation of selected facilities in the public sector.
The visit summary was held at the UNDP office in Delhi, India on September 16. The audience noted the similarity of problems in the field of energy conservation in India and Russia, and agreed to join efforts in achieving the objectives for climate change mitigation in our countries. In the near future, a cooperation agreement between the Projects will be signed.
The representatives of the Project, among which were representatives of the Ministry of Energy and JSC "Pskov Communal Systems" as the EMIS operators in Russia, spoke about our experience and invited colleagues from India to join the educational programs on energy management, organized by the UNDP-GEF Project "Building energy efficiency in the North-West of Russia".