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United Kingdom : Industrial energy efficiency roundtable for Indian delegation hosted by Ricardo-AEA.

High level representatives from India s main energy ministries travelled to Ricardo-AEA s offices on 15 October to learn lessons from the UK for addressing industrial energy efficiency policies.

The delegation made the visit in the context of developing India s Perform Trade and Achieve (PAT) scheme. Representatives included: Mr P K Sinha, the Secretary of the Ministry of Power; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General for the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE); Ms Sarma, Secretary of the Central Electricity Regulatory Committee; Dr Saxena, Adviser to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Mr. P. Mukhopadhyay from the Power System Operation Corporation.

Ricardo-AEA energy experts provided insights into the implementation and measurement of energy efficiency policies, such as the UK s Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) and the EU Emission Trading System. Ricardo-AEA helped develop the CCA scheme from its inception and continues to support the UK Government. The support includes baseline setting; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV); and facilitating target-setting negotiations with industry sectors.

Ricardo-AEA s energy experts were joined by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), as well as partners from UK industry including; the Emissions Trading Group, Chemical Industries Association and Confederation of Paper industries.

The Indian delegation were particularly interested in how the UK had tackled the challenge of setting increasingly demanding targets over time, the prerequisites for establishing a liquid trading market, how best to share best practice within and between industrial sectors and competitive impacts on industry.

Chris Dodwell, Ricardo-AEA director of international projects commented: The roundtable discussions provided an excellent opportunity for Ricardo-AEA, UK Government and industry to share experience of developing and implementing energy efficiency policies that provide a real incentive for action to be taken.

Our recent engagement with BEE on the PAT scheme in India has helped us identify the most relevant lessons to be learnt from UK and EU experience. We had a very fruitful discussion with the Indian delegation and hope that they will avoid some of the teething problems, encountered during UK implementation, as a result. We look forward to continuing the dialogue and learning lessons in return from India s experience with its industrial energy efficiency programme in the future.

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Date:Oct 22, 2014
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