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A. Countries with Active Participation

1. Indo-German Energy Programme

 Indo German Energy Forum (IGEF)

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) was established in April, 2006 between Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of India to intensify the Indo-German Co-operation to promote dialogue and cooperation with involvement of public and private sector in the areas of energy security, energy efficiency, renewable energy, investment in energy projects and collaborative R&D. While the IGEF is a high-level policy dialogue between India and Germany, the IGEF Support Office is incorporated in the structure of the Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN).

Under the Indo-German Energy Forum there are 4 sub-groups. Sub-group 1 is efficiency enhancement in fossil fuel-based power plants, Sub-group 2 is renewable energy , Sub-group 3 is demand side energy efficiency and low carbon growth strategies and Sub group 4 is on "Green Energy Corridors" which focuses on large scale grid integration of renewable energy sources. In the sub-group 3, the Indian Ministry of Power (MOP) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), together with the Federal  Ministry for the Environment,  Nature Conservation, Buildings and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) are working together to put in place a positive environment for enhancing energy efficiency in their respective countries. This is achieved by facilitating a constructive dialogue between decision-makers in government and the private sector in both countries.


As on date, eight IGEF Sub Group-3 meetings have been held with the last meeting was held 4th October, 2018. The Indian side was co-chaired by Shri Abhay Bakre - Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency while German side was co-chaired by Dr. Georg Maue, Deputy Head of Division, General issues of energy efficiency Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi), Government of Germany. The meeting was attended by representatives of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Embassy of Germany, KfW and GIZ.


The activities undertaken through the Sub Group 3 are as below:

  • In the residential buildings sector, Fraunhofer institute and TERI jointly developed an energy performance assessment tool which calculates energy saving potential for various energy efficiency measures in the residential buildings in India.
  • For developing an international internet based knowledge platform for energy efficiency in various fields, the German side established a platform i.e. big EE which means "Bridging the Information Gap on Energy Efficiency".
  • Report launched on ‘Demand Analysis for Cooling by Sector in India in 2027’. The report highlights that the country's cooling energy demand will rise to 2.2 times the existing level by 2027 and interventions can help cut it down by 17 per cent in the next decade It explores India's cooling demand in buildings, mobile air-conditioning, refrigeration, cold-chain and process cooling in industries, and identifies key technological, operational and market interventions for the largest energy and carbon savings in cooling.
  • Report launched on ‘Energy Efficiency Potential in India’ which underlined the potential of saving energy and greenhouse gas emissions, through energy efficiency measures.


Indo German Energy Programme (IGEN)

The Indo-German Technical Co-operation in the field of Energy Conservation has been going on since 1995, when the Indo-German Energy Efficiency project, was launched in May 1995, by the Energy Management Centre, a predecessor organization of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), through Tata Energy Research Institute, Bangalore. The project was completed in September 2000. With the enactment of the Energy Conservation Act 2001 and establishment of Bureau of Energy Efficiency with effect from 1st March 2002, the cooperation in the field of energy conservation continued under the project "Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) with the objective to support policies and programmes of the Energy Conservation Act.


The GIZ has considered providing TA support for the following activities:

  • BEE and GIZ under the framework of IGEN has signed supplementary agreement (w.r.t to the existing Implementation agreement between BEE and GIZ under IGEN) to collaborate in the residential buildings sector.
  • An online tool - ECO-NIWAS has been jointly developed by BEE and GIZ to guide the public in incorporating energy efficiency elements in their homes, such as building materials, its design features and appliances.
  • The support from the German side has been instrumental in successful completion of PAT cycle – I and the partnership has been continued by taking up subsequent cycles of PAT through expansion of coverage by inclusion of new sectors as well as enhancing industries covered under the existing sectors of PAT. Also, in order to penetrate energy efficiency in the residential buildings sector, BEE and GIZ have been working together for formulating energy efficiency building codes for the multi-storey residential buildings.
  • Support to BEE towards conducting annual National Painting Competition and National Energy Conservation Awards through GIZ.
  • Technical Assistance towards development of National Energy Efficiency Standards for New Large Residential Buildings.
  • Support to incorporate provisions regarding mandatory introduction of Energy Efficiency Standards in New Multi-Storey Residential Building.


2. Indo —Japan Energy Dialogue

As an outcome of the visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India to Japan in December 2006, Indo-Japan Energy Dialogue co-chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Minister of Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry METI was initiated to promote cooperation in energy sector. The 9thmeeting of the Japan-India Energy Dialogue, co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, and His Excellency Mr. Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Power, and New and Renewable Energy of India was held in Delhi on1st May, 2018.


Development of Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manual

A meeting was organized at Bureau of Energy Efficiency on 17th November, 2016 to discuss about the Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manual that are being used by the Industries in Japan having the participation of officials of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), The Energy Conservation Centre, Japan (ECCJ), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Designated Consumers (DCs) representing various industry sub-sectors. The benefits of the Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manuals that are being used by the industries in Japan were highlighted. These guidelines and manuals would help Indian Industries in achieving energy efficiency.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency in consultation with Energy Conservation Centre, Japan, has developed the Energy Conservation Guidelines for large energy intensive industries. The draft Energy Conservation Guidelines were released for public comments and peer review on 1st August 2018 in New Delhi. Subsequently, the final Energy Conservation Guidelines for large industries were launched by Shri R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Power on 24th September 2018 at New Delhi.

Further, for implementation of Energy conservation guidelines and development of Energy Management Manuals, 9 model factories form various PAT sectors were selected. The 1st Japanese Expert visited India during the period from 3rd to 7th December 2018 to assist the model factories to develop the sample manual for some of the energy consuming equipment or utility which can further be replicated for other equipments. A workshop was conducted on 7th December 2018 in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi to review and comment on the draft EM manuals prepared by all the 9 model factories.

To conduct interim review on EM Manual development and to acquire knowledge regarding devolving and utilizing EM Manual in accordance with EC Guideline, a workshop was conducted by ECCJ in Tokyo, Japan during 21st – 25th January, 2019.


The Working Group meeting on Energy Efficiency (EEWG) under Indo-Japan Energy Dialogue was held on 20th February 2019 at Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the co-chairmanship of Shri Abhay Bhakre, Director General, BEE and Mr. Masaomi Koyama, Director, METI to review the outcome of the ongoing projects and future areas of corporation are identified

3. India — US Collaboration

The Indo- US Energy Dialogue was launched in May, 2005 and has the following objectives:

  • To enhance mutual energy security,
  • Promote increased energy trade and investment,
  • Facilitate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) collaborate under the aegis of the Power and Energy Efficiency Working Group. The main goal of the collaborations was to support development and implementations of energy efficient policies and best practices that can help achieve national energy efficiency goals and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For implementation of projects identified in the Working Group (Power and Energy Efficiency), “Partnership to Advance Clean Energy –Deployment (PACE-D)” programme is working in the areas of Building Energy Efficiency, Industrial Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Financing and Institutional strengthening.


The tenure of the collaboration under PACE-D was completed in June, 2017 and currently, BEE and USAID are working together to formulate Annual Work plan in the areas of Building Energy Efficiency and Appliances.

Current Progress:

Following new Joint Working Groups have been constituted under new ‘INDO-US STRATEGIC ENERGY PARTNERSHIP’ which is co-chaired by MoPNG. BEE is part of Joint Working Group on Power and Energy Efficiency.

  • Joint Working Group on Oil & Gas
  • Joint Working Group on Power and Energy Efficiency        
  • Joint Working Group on Clean and Renewable Energy
  • Joint Working Group on Coal


4. India - UK

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Kingdom on cooperation in the energy sector was signed during the visit of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India to UK during November, 2015.

The MoU provides framework for technical assistance, including in-kind grant, and other support, as mutually agreed, through relevant projects initiated by the United Kingdom. The MoU also encourage development of project specific agreements on time-to-time basis.


Most of the progress focused on UK support to the Knowledge Exchange Platform (KEP) on Industrial Energy Efficiency

Activities Undertaken

  • Sector level best practice/ technology exchange events organized for three sectors (Petroleum Refinery, Cement, and Aluminum). These workshops helped to showcase/exchange benefits of best practices/ technologies and creating awareness about international technologies and services (including from the UK) 
  • National Workshop cum Technology Exhibition for Promoting Energy Efficient and Cleaner Production for Sustainable Industrial Growth’ organized from 8th to 9th March, 2018 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. It led to cross-sectoral exchange of best practices, technologies and approaches on energy efficiency, provided a platform to UK technology suppliers to showcase their products and services (e.g., Power Star, Bristol Blue Green Limited, SEaB Energy)
  • Participatory audits, in-plant capacity building, led to energy savings of 21 million kWh/year; avoided coal usage - 652 tonne/year & 8 kL of oil/year only across 7 plants spanning cement, textile and aluminium sectors in just 4 months

Task Force meeting on Energy Efficiency was held on 16th August, 2018 in the office of Bureau of Energy Efficiency. For the energy dialogue to be held on 13th September, 2018 it was decided during the 2nd meeting of the task force on energy efficiency that one of the proposed announcements will be related to scaling up of the Knowledge Exchange Platform on industrial energy efficiency

5. Indo-Switzerland

The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) is a bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Confederation. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is the Implementing agency on behalf of the MoP while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency on behalf of the FDFA.

Consequent to the Cabinet Approval by the Govt. of India, an MoU for a five-year joint project with an overall objective to reduce energy consumption in new buildings in India was signed between the two governments on 8th November 2011 and was valid till 7th November 2016. The successful implementation of the project during 2011-2016, resulted in the two governments agreeing to extend the MoU for 5 years. Hence, the extension of the MoU for a follow-up phase of BEEP (8th November 2016 – 7th November 2021) was signed in the month of November 2016. The MoUs for the follow-up phase were exchanged between the two countries on 28th November 2016 at the BEEP International Conference in the presence of Mr. Piyush Goyal, the then Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Mines, Govt. of India.

Activities completed under the bilateral:

  • The final ECBC-R document (EcoNiwas Samhita 2018) was launched on 14th December 2018 during the National Energy Conservation Day Celebrations. A compliance tool and short animation film was also launched.
  • Competencies of selected builders and developers (around 20-30 in numbers) for Energy Efficient and Thermally Comfortable (EETC) building design are strengthened through 4 regional networks. Training of 250 building professionals through charrettes, training programmes and seminars.
  • National award on Energy Efficient and Thermally Comfortable (EETC) buildings is established and around 10 buildings are awarded each year which started from 2018.
  • A public-domain Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based interface for natural ventilation design is developed.
  • A roadmap for mainstreaming Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfortable residential and commercial buildings is accepted in selected states (3 states- Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh) and building regulations at the state and city levels (4-8 cities) are strengthened with regard to Energy Efficiency & Thermal Comfort in both commercial and residential buildings.


6. India - France

A declaration of cooperation was signed between Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), on Feb 20, 2006. The MoU between BEE and ADEME was renewed on 17th April 2009 for a period of 2 years.

Achievements of the Indo-French Cooperation: -

  • Energy Information centres for creating awareness on energy efficiency have been established at two state designated agencies HAREDA and PEDA.
  • DSM Internet Portal has been successfully created and commissioned with assistance of ADEME and is available at
  • Benchmarking and Mapping the MSMEs energy consumption: Data collected from BEE was analysed for various SME clusters following which Interim report was circulated.


In order to revive the cooperation in the field of energy efficiency, and subsequently upon receiving necessary approvals, the MoU was signed on 17th October 2018 between BEE and ADEME. Following are the scope of cooperation between BEE and ADEME:

  • Development of sustainable mobility, with specific focus on electric transport (charging infrastructure, smart chargers, smart grid interaction, etc.);
  • Development of tools for collection, use and analysis of energy efficiency related data across sectors leading to energy efficiency indicators;

Development of tools for collection, use and analysis of CO2 emissions and GHG data for tracking global emissions for INDCs