India Shows Way in Fight against Climate Change
Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal presided over the launch of World’s largest efficient lighting programme, UJALA – UK (UK Joins Affordable LEDs for All) by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) in London. Talking about the philosophy of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi about preventing wastage of all resources especially electricity, Goyal said that, “a sustainable lifestyle is important for the future of the planet and if the planet has to be saved for the future generations, it is I, you and we all who have to collectively make a difference and act today itself. We are running out of time.”
Informing the august gathering about the scale at which the EESL LED programme is expanding, the Minister said that, “the EESL LED programme in India has grown 140 times in less than two years and I don't think we will find any parallel to that anywhere in the world. EESL would achieve the turnover target of USD 1.5 million by 2019, concomitant with the Government of India’s target under the UDAY scheme and 100% rural household electrification.” Goyal further stated that even in the Developed countries like the US and Europe, there is a great potential for incorporating energy efficiency measures like the EESL LED programme, especially, looking at the climate change scenario in the present context. India's share in the Global LED market has increased from a mere 0.1% a few years back to around 16% today, it was informed.
Talking about the potential energy savings by implementing the LED programme in India, Goyal said that lighting alone consists of 15% of the total energy needs of the population across the country, especially, the lower middle class families, which is about 180 billion units of energy. As India moves towards becoming a 100% LED Nation, the potential savings would be around 112 billion units, in other terms reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 79 million tonnes every year. Consequently, India’s peak load will reduce by about 20 GW and our consumers will save around $6.5 billion worth in electricity bills annually, the Minister added. Describing the strategy for scaling up the LED penetration in UK, Goyal said that India was able to significantly reduce the purchase price of the LED by increasing efficiency and not giving subsidies to the consumers. The scheme has sustained itself on the savings achieved by increasing energy efficiency in the whole lifecycle of the LED bulbs.