International Pathways: the Future of Energy Efficiency in India
India enjoys the world’s fastest growing building stock and is expected to add about 375 billion square feet of new floor area by 2050. It is also projected to be the largest growth market for air-conditioners worldwide. While these growth trends are aligned with India’s development needs and Sustainable Development Goals, they trigger a significant increase in energy demand, with national as well as global ramifications. Under a business-as-usual scenario, India’s energy demand would double between 2018 and 2040—which would be the single largest source of energy demand growth in the world, according to World Energy Outlook.
Cognizant that the energy and environmental impacts of India’s developmental needs must be neutralized, the nation is already taking proactive steps towards sustainable growth and meeting their global climate change commitments. For example, in 2019, India became the first major global economy to issue a national cooling action plan; and, the Indian government is a core supporter of the Global Cooling Prize, a global technology competition that may radically change residential cooling practices.
President and Executive Director, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
Dr. Satish Kumar is an international energy efficiency expert and serves as the President and Executive Director of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE). In his current role, he has led AEEE’s transformation into a leading energy efficiency policy think tank and business enabling entity through a combination of thought and programmatic leadership, collaboration and partnership with Indian and global public, private and peer organizations, and fund raising. He has served as a senior energy efficiency advisor or technical expert in energy efficiency to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, NITI Aayog, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Bureau of Indian Standards and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Confederation of Energy Efficiency. Prior to AEEE, he was the Vice President and Energy Efficiency Ambassador and led the Energy Management business at the Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd., a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and led a very successful, USAID-supported, bilateral energy efficiency technical assistance program between US-India Government.