First India Energy Efficiency Forum held
Reaffirming their commitment to sustainable development, TERI-BCSD India and its member company Johnson Controls India Pvt Ltd, held the first India Energy Efficiency Forum on May 5, 2010. The forum brought together leaders of government, business and nongovernmental organizations to discuss and identify barriers to energy efficient practices and to highlight opportunities for energy efficiency in India.
The presentations debated energy policy and legislation, and action on potential energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions, with special focus on the impact on businesses. Guest presenters included Dr. Farooq Abdullah, hon’ble minister of New and Renewable Energy, GoI, Dr. R K Pachauri, DG TERI and president, TERI-BCSD India, Dr. Ajay Mathur, director general, Bureau of Energy Efficiency; and Clay Nesler, vice president, Global Energy & Sustainability, Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings.
Commending Dr RK Pachauri’s leadership and TERI-BCSD India’s efforts in organizing such an important forum, and speaking on the importance of renewable energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, said, “Provision of sustainable energy to all sectors such as domestic, commercial, institutional, agriculture and industry is crucial to maintain the socio-economic development.”
Dr Abdullah added that it was time for ministries such as the Power ministry, Environment ministry and his own ministry to join hands together along with the corporate sector to achieve the national action plan on climate change with special emphasis on the National Solar mission that will empower India towards greater self-sufficiency in the near future.”
Delivering his keynote address Dr RK Pachauri said, “We need to change our consumption pattern as far as energy efficiency is concerned. Unless we bring about that change, mankind will never be able to come out of the ‘natural debt’ that is mounting on us because of the inefficient pattern of development that is being pursued. Energy productivity is going to be a big challenge, and with efforts such as what Johnson Control has taken, can be a boon in achieving sustainable development in the future.”
Opening the forum, Mr. Nesler from Johnson Controls said, "We believe that building technologies represent a huge opportunity for cutting emissions. Energy use in commercial buildings could be reduced by a fifth (20 percent) simply by using existing technologies, which would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent. This first India event builds on the legacy of the Energy Efficiency Forum that Johnson Controls has supported since 1990 in the U.S. and further demonstrates our commitment to improving efficiency and sustainability through innovative building technologies.”