Cabinet greenlights MoU for India-Bhutan collaboration in energy efficiency

The Economic Times, India | Saurav Anand | March 13, 2024

In a significant move towards promoting energy efficiency and conservation, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan.

This landmark agreement, signed between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency of India’s Ministry of Power and Bhutan’s Department of Energy, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, aims to foster bilateral cooperation in the field of energy efficiency.

Under the MoU, India will extend its support to Bhutan in enhancing energy efficiency within the household sector, notably through the promotion of India’s star labeling program spearheaded by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

Additionally, India will share its expertise in the development of building codes tailored to Bhutan’s climate conditions and contribute to the creation of a pool of energy professionals in Bhutan through the training of energy auditors.

The initiative also focuses on training retailers to disseminate energy-efficient products among consumers, emphasizing the savings from using star-rated appliances. This cooperation is expected to support Bhutan in the development and implementation of Standards and Labelling schemes for energy-intensive appliances, addressing the rising demand for electrical energy through the preference for high-efficiency appliances.

The MoU has been prepared by the ministry of power in consultation with ministry of external affairs (MEA) and department for promotion of industry and internal Trade (DPIIT). The MoU will enable exchange of Information, data and technical experts related to energy efficiency and energy conservation between India and Bhutan. It will help Bhutan to ensure availability of energy efficient products in the market. The MoU will analyze energy efficiency policies and cooperation in the field of energy efficiency research and technology deployment.