With a focus on enhancing energy efficiency and promoting e-mobility, Mr. R.K. Singh, the Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy, inaugurated India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi.
While speaking at the occasion, Mr. Singh said: “The EV charging plaza is a new avenue for making e-mobility ubiquitous and convenient in India. Such innovative initiatives are imperative for the creation of a robust e-mobility ecosystem in the country. My congratulations to both EESL and NDMC.”
EESL is spearheading the EV ecosystem development in India by undertaking demand aggregation for procuring EVs and identifying innovative business models for implementation of Public Charging Station (PCS). EESL in collaboration with NDMC has established India’s first of its kind public EV Charging Plaza in Central Delhi. This plaza will host 5 Electric Vehicle Chargers of different specifications.
Speaking on the inauguration of public EV plaza, Mr. Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary, Ministry of Power, said: “The charging plaza, with its compatibility with a wide range of electric vehicles will greatly spur e-mobility adoption. This would make EV charging hassle free and convenient for the consumers, thereby making e-mobility adoption an attractive proposition.”
Mr. Singh also launched “Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency” (RAISE) national programme. At the launch, he stated: “I believe the RAISE initiative can potentially alleviate the issue of bad air quality in workspaces across the nation and pioneer ways to make them healthier and greener. I look forward to the success of their programme and wish both EESL and USAID best of luck for their future endeavours.”
At the launch of RAISE, Mr. Javier Piedra, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Asia Bureau, USAID, said: “We just concluded the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership Ministerial last week with a very engaging dialogue and a forward-looking action plan. I’m happy that one of its key deliverables, i.e., RAISE is being launched here by the Minister just two days after the SEP. USAID & EESL have been working together to transform markets for clean energy technologies and have jointly developed this integrated approach that benefits consumers and the industry, while ensuring energy savings and better health. The solutions for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and healthy workspaces in response to COVID-19 are relevant worldwide and this pioneering initiative has immense potential to be emulated globally.”
Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of the COVID pandemic. As people return to their offices and public spaces, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity, and the overall public health.
In that context, EESL has undertaken a retrofit of its office air-conditioning and ventilation system. This is a part of the larger initiative to “Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor air quality for Safety and Efficiency” developed for healthy and energy efficient buildings, in partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE programme. EESL’s corporate office in Scope Complex has been taken up as a pilot for this initiative. The pilot focuses on improving indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, and energy efficiency (EE) in EESL office’s air conditioning system.
As per EESL, pilot project has shown very impressive results – about 80% improvement in Air Quality parameters with almost no implementation hassles. Considering employee’s occupational health and safety is paramount in any workplace amidst the COVID-19 scenario, EESL is keen to provide such solutions across the country with standardisation and demand aggregation approach.
Both the initiatives reaffirm the pledge for ecological preservation and building a resilient energy sector, undertaken by EESL and other key stakeholders during the “#iCommit” campaign held on World Environment Day.