IGEF Subgroup III meeting on “Energy Efficiency”

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF)’s Subgroup III (SG3) - Energy Efficiency - meeting was held on the 4 October, 2018 in New Delhi after the launching event on Cooling Demand in India and India’s Energy Efficiency Potential. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Georg Maue, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Government of Germany and Mr. Abhay Bakre, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India.

Both Mr. Bakre and Mr. Maue underlined the importance of both studies, which had been launched during the afternoon. The increasing demand for cooling in India and its energy efficiency potential in general are a big challenge for India. Afterwards, Mr. Maue reported on the most recent developments in Germany in the field of energy in general and energy efficiency in particular. As the “Energiewende” is proceeding, new challenges have to be met, which is why energy efficiency is becoming more and more important in Germany. Similar as with cooling in India, Germany is looking for smarter types of heating, e.g. “district heating 4.0”. Mr. Bakre pointed out the similarities between the development in Germany and in India. An important question would be, how to reach out to all consumers and stakeholders in order to raise awareness for energy efficiency.

Mr. Arijit Sengupta, BEE, and Mr. Hemant Bhatnagar, German Development Bank (KfW), gave presentations on the current measures and programmes undertaken by their institutions in the field of energy efficiency. Afterwards new upcoming projects and developments in the fields of E-Mobility, Demand Side Management, the visualization of data or possible incentives for energy efficiency were discussed.

In the end both Mr. Bakre and Mr. Maue mentioned their full support for carrying on the funding for the IGEF-SO, as it would not just simplify, but moreover enhance the bilateral energy cooperation.