Fourth Regional Workshop on Energy Conservation Building Code Implementation in States – Ranchi, 19 – 20 April, 2017

In the series of Regional Workshops on ECBC implementation by States, organised by NITI Aayog in partnership with UNDP-GEF-BEE and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), the fourth workshop was organised in Ranchi on 19 & 20 April 2017. Senior Officials from the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand participated in the workshop.

The first day of the event started with a presentation by Dr. Satish Kumar, Executive Chairman, AEEE. He gave the participants an overview of the need and importance of adopting energy efficiency in buildings. He stressed the need to adopt a systematic approach towards energy efficiency through standards such as ISO 50001 and also through compliance mechanisms such as ECBC. Thereafter the concept of net zero energy building along with few case studies of CEPT University and NIIT University was highlighted through an audiovisual. The day one ended with discussions followed by dinner.

Day two started with welcome remarks by Dr. Satish Kumar, AEEE. This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Saurabh Diddi, Energy Economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). He gave a detailed overview of the major BEE programs and work done by BEE on ECBC since its launch in the year 2007. He explained in detail the major provisions in ECBC and how States can amend ECBC according to their local climatic conditions. He also informed the audience that ECBC is getting updated and that a revised ECBC 2017 is expected to be released any time soon. This was followed by Special Remarks by Smt. Sangeeta Singh, Director, UPNEDA on the efforts taken by Uttar Pradesh Government for implementing ECBC in their State. She also highlighted the lack of technical capacity at State level on ECBC and lack of availability of materials complying with ECBC guidelines. This was followed by a Special Remarks by Mr. Harendra Kumar, Joint Adviser, NITI Aayog. He mentioned that NITI Aayog is keen to hear from the States on the challenges faced for notifying ECBC, so that it can be taken up at the appropriate level with relevant Ministries and Departments. The inaugural session was then concluded with a Thank you note by Dr. Satish Kumar, AEEE.

Session 2 started with a presentation by Mr. Abdullah N Siddiqui from UNDP. He gave an overview of UNDP project on Energy Efficiency Improvement in Commercial Buildings. Two Case studies of technical assistance provided by UNDP to Karnataka and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for ECBC implementation were presented by him. He also explained how UNDP can establish ECBC cells in States to provide complete ECBC implementation support, if any of the States were willing. This was followed by a presentation by Mr. Sathis Kumar, NITI Aayog on the initiatives taken in the NITI Aayog building to conserve energy. The presentation covered the ESCO model adopted with EESL for implementing energy efficiency measures in the building. He also encouraged the participating States to take few land mark building in their respective States and implement energy efficiency measures which can act as a model building for rest of the States to follow.

This was followed by a discussion on States perspectives on ECBC implementation. Dr. Satish Kumar, AEEE set the context for the discussion. He requested each of the State Representatives to expressing their points of view which were followed by open discussions.

The second session focused on the perspectives of the states in implementing ECBC norms. Ms Mohini Singh, Senior Researcher, AEEE, gave the audience an overview of ECBC and summary of the progress of ECBC across the country. Dr Satish Kumar set the theme for the subsequent panel discussion by highlighted some of the challenges, such as inter-departmental coordination, capacity building, etc., that the states might be facing in rolling out the regulations.

Odisha representative informed that they have established an ECBC cell in their State with support from UNDP and have also Notified ECBC in their state. He stressed on the need for conducting a dedicated program for top level officials at the level of Principal Secretary of States for faster roll out of ECBC by all States. UP Government representative mentioned that the ECBC notification is expected to be issued in their State in the next six months. She also shared that they are constructing a Super ECBC building in UP. She also explained the lot many challenges they faced while taking up the construction of the Super ECBC building as lot of capacity gaps exist at operational level. Representative from Bihar in his remarks mentioned that, ECBC referencing has been done in their building bye laws. Representative from Chhattisgarh shared that they have amended ECBC in 2012 and notified in their State. He also suggested that Centre should take lead role in hand holding the States and build their capacities for effective implementation of ECBC. Representative from Jharkhand mentioned that awareness on ECBC is still low even after a decade of its launch. He mentioned that voluntary programmes like GRIHA are much more popular and building community people are aware of it more than ECBC. He requested to create wider awareness and publicity campaign of ECBC. Then UPNEDA made a presentation on the two ECBC complaint buildings being built by the Government as a showcase project.

In the post lunch session, EESL made a presentation on Building Energy Efficiency services provided by them with a focus on the Government Buildings. He explained the different models adopted by EESL in implementing energy efficiency projects in Government Buildings.

Then a presentation was made by Ms. Mohini, AEEE on different approaches adopted by states for ECBC implementation. She also explained the role of Third Party Assessors (TPAs) in the evaluation process of ECBC compliance system. She stressed the need for States to take lead in the implementation of ECBC.

The workshop concluded with closing remarks by officials from BEE, NITI Aayog and AEEE. The final Regional Workshop is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on 27-28 April 2017 with participation from the States and UTs of Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Goa, Karnataka, erala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.