BEE calls to speed up ECBC implementation, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


Vijayawada: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has asked the energy department to expedite implementation of the mandatory Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) by issuing fresh orders on the updated ECBC-2017 code.

ECBC-2017 is said to be one of the most cost-effective tools to curb energy demand in future and deliver significant savings in energy costs.

In a webinar with Andhra Pradesh State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) to review implementation of ECBC, BEE made several suggestions. According to a BEE estimate, there can be a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption if ECBC-2017 is effectively implemented within the next decade.

BEE has requested the municipal administration and the urban development department to take immediate steps to implement ECBC. BEE director general Abhay Bhakre said that the Union ministry of power is very keen on adoption of ECBC-2017 in commercial buildings.

Bhakre added that such adoption would translate to energy savings of around 300 billion units by 2030 and a peak demand reduction of over 15GW in a year.

This will be equivalent to savings of Rs 35,000 crore and carbon dioxide reduction of 250 million tonnes, the BEE director general said. “The ECBC-2017 is a powerful regulation adopted by the Government of India to encourage transition of buildings to efficient use of energy,” Bhakre added.

The ECBC is applicable to any commercial building or complex with plot area of 1,000 square meters or more. Further, buildings such as multiplexes, hospitals and hotels must comply with ECBC irrespective of built-up area.

“The building sector in India consumes over 30 per cent of the total electricity consumed in the country annually. The demand may grow aggressively in coming years. We request state governments to strictly implement the ECBC regulation in their respective states,” said the BEE director general.

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