International Cooperation

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  • Bi-Laterals
  1. 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 3 sub-groups. Sub- group 1 is efficiency enhancement in fossil fuel-based power plants, sub-group 2 is renewable energy and sub-group 3 is demand side energy efficiency and low carbon growth strategies. 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 FederalMinistry 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, seven IGEF meetings have been held with the last meeting was held 12th December, 2017. 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 previous activities undertaken through the Sub Group 3 are as below

  • The opportunities for combined heat and power generation has been discussed since a long time and now with the cooperation of GIZ, a demo trigeneration plant was set up at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center, New Delhi.
  • 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 has taken an initiative named bigEE which means "Bridging the Information Gap on Energy Efficiency".


The ongoing set of activities through the Sub Group 3 were also reviewed during the Sub-Group 3 meeting held on 12th December, 2017.

  • Considering the growing cooling demand in India, the German side during the last Sub Group - 3 meeting held through teleconferencing on 15th September, 2016 expressed a study to assess the cooling demand in India which can also highlight the feasibility of District Cooling to which Indian co-chair agreed. In this regard, a study on Cooling Demand in India in 2027 has been carried out and both sides are in the process of finalization of the report.
  • Under the Indo German Energy Forum (IGEF), Energy Efficient Cooling has been identified as an area of collaboration. In this regard, the DEA concurrence for undertaking Energy Efficient Cooling has been received.
  • Conducted a study on Energy Efficiency potential in India by TERI.


  • 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. With the successful implementation of Phase — I, Phase — II of the programme was launched with effect from October, 2013 for the duration of four years ending in September, 2017.

Phase — III of the programme: In the PAT Cycle-II, three new sectors are included as designated consumers, which are Refinery, Railways and DISCOMs. A similar process for PAT Cycle-II is required to be followed for these sectors as was followed in PAT Cycle-I.


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

  • Under the Indo German Energy Programme (IGEN), Energy Efficient Cooling has been identified as an area of collaboration. During the review meeting of Indo German Consultations on Development Cooperation held on 19th June, 2017 at Delhi, the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) had in principle agreed to consider funding the Energy Efficient Cooling Project. In this regard, the Preliminary Project Report (PPR) on Energy Efficient Cooling has been sent by BEE to Ministry of Power. The PPR broadly spells out the overall objectives and activities which will be undertaken under the Energy Efficient Cooling Project. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 21 crores / Euro 3 million with an implementation period from April 2018 to March, 2021. The PPR is current under consideration at DEA.
  • 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) on 14th December, 2017 to formalize the collaboration 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 website will also provide useful information about the energy savings potential by adopting these energy conservation measures. The portal was launched by Hon’ble President of India on National Energy Conservation Day, 2017
  • 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.
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has agreed on enhancing the scope of the IGEN Implementation Agreement signed on 8th August, 2017 with following addendums in the project objectives with an extension of services till 31st December, 2020
  • 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. In view of this, GIZ has submitted DEA the draft of supplementary agreement.


  1. 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 9th meeting 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 on 1 May, 2018.


  • During the Working Group meeting held on 31st May 2017, discussions were held on the cooperation project on Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manual, Capacity Building of Energy Manager & Energy Auditor, Waste Heat Recovery, Heat Pump in Buildings, Best practice guide in the foundries sector etc.
  • A workshop was organized in New Delhi on 12th October, 2017 wherein the Indian side addressed the current status and future plans to improve energy efficiency and enhance grid stability. The Japan-side explained about state-of-art technologies (e.g., application of IoT) to address the needs of the India-side. Participants from Ministry of Power (MoP), the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), many Governmental/Semi-Government agencies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Embassy of Japan in India), the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO as well as private sectors attended the workshop.
  • Further, another workshop was organized during 15-19 January 2018 in Japan wherein members from steering committee of EC Guidelines, sector experts, experts from ECCJ and DC’s were invited to provide feedback on guidelines.  The aim of the workshop was to assist India to finalize EC Guideline with comments of Japanese Experts. Based on the inputs received from participants during the workshop and comments received from ECCJ the draft of EC Guidelines was modified.
  • The final Energy Efficiency Guideline document for Indian Industries has been  launched  in India.


  • 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.A meeting cum workshop was held in Japan during 23rd to 27th February, 2017 to understand more details about the Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manuals for Industrial sector.

First meeting of steering committee was organised on 21st September 2017 at New Delhi to discuss the draft EC guidelines prepared for Indian industries and implementation plan during the FY 2017-18.Based on feedback received from the industrial association, another workshop is was carried outat Tokyo from 15th January to 19th January, 2018 to take up 2nd draft of Energy Conservation Guidelines and Energy Management Manual. The workshop was attended by Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), BEE and TERI officials. Second round table discussion was organized on 26th February, 2018, to deliberate on the revised draft of EC guideline.

  • NEDO Demonstration Projects
  • The model project for sinter cooler waste heat recovery in Andhra Pradesh
  • The model project for increasing the efficient use of energy by a coke dry quenching system (CDQ) in Jharkhand.
  • The model project for waste heat recovery system of cement plant in Andhra Pradesh
  • Joint Policy Researches
  • Potential market and technology survey on Steel, Cement, Machine tools and Inverter – Air Conditioners (IEEJ-TERI)
  • Market analysis and simulation on abolition of Fuel Subsidies etc; (IEEJ-PDPU)
  • Capacity Building
  • Held “Heat Pump Workshop” to deepen understanding and promote heat pump systems for energy efficiency with 60 participants including Govt. officials of India.
  • The country focused training course in Energy Conservation Techniques for Indian energy managers and energy auditors by JICA in Japan was conducted during February, 2015.
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency Programme
  • Japan has most efficient sectors like Iron & Steel, Pulp & Paper, Aluminium, Refinery which are also covered under the PAT regime. The Government of Japan has facilitated in knowledge exchange of energy efficient practices adopted within these sectors


  1. India — US Collaboration

Under Indo-US Energy dialogue, Ministry of Power is leading the Working Group on “Power and Energy Efficiency”.The Indo- U.S. collaboration in power sector is mainly for deploying and transferring Innovative Clean Energy Technologies. Working Group (through Video Conference) meeting under Indo-US Energy Dialogue was held on 19th August, 2015.


The key instrument of the collaboration between India and U.S is the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy - Deployment (PACE-D) Programme. The areas of covered under this programme are Industrial Efficiency, Building Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Financing and Institutional strengthening.


  • Activities Undertaken
  • Buildings
  • Supported development of ECBC 2017 Technical Update. ECBC 2017 is a comprehensive code that builds in the concept of ECBC+ and Super ECBC to achieve Net Zero Energy by new commercial buildings.
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Completed a market assessment survey to understand the potential of large-scale deployment of energy efficient HVAC technologies in India.
  • Support has been provided for development of ISEER.
  • Energy Efficiency Financing & Capacity Building for Financing Institutions
  • Training material and Energy Efficiency Financing Manuals for loan officers working on EE project financing. Prepared guidelines for financing EE projects was prepared jointly by BEE with USAID.
  • Support for Policy & Regulatory Framework
  • USAID has provided technical assistance to Haryana, Karnataka and Rajasthan in preparing the EE state action plans.


The tenure of the PACE-D programme has been completed in December 2017.


  1. 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 areas of cooperation include the following:

  • Market reforms, regulatory structures and the role of competition in the supply and distribution of electricity including regulations and incentives for Renewable Energy deployment.
  • The integration of renewable energy into the grid.
  • Energy efficiency policies and practice, including industrial energy efficiency and vehicular fuel efficiency.
  • Off-shore wind energy and solar energy.
  • Smart grids.
  • Energy storage and new energy technologies.
  • Capacity building of renewable energy institutions.
  • Off-grid renewable energy services.
  • Tidal energy.
  • Any other area of co-operation approved in writing by the Participants.

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.


To Develop Programme of Action and oversee implementation of various activities, a Joint Working Group on Power has been constituted under which Task Forces on Energy Efficiency was made. Its First meeting was held on 20th September,2017 at BEE office.


  • Activities Undertaken
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency

Sharing of best practices through Knowledge Exchange Platform which facilitates industries to adapt new efficient technologies and global best practices. Establishment and Implementation of EE fund.

  • Implementation of Demand Side Management Action Plans of States

Development of DSM action plan for Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

  • Contribution to Design and implementation of the Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan for India

Experience sharing by the UK with India to contribute to development of the Strategic Plan, drawing on UK’s learnings from the Energy Efficiency Strategy, the Carbon Budgeting Approach etc


  1. 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, a 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 (the key achievements are listed later in the note) 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 Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Mines, Govt. of India.


  • Activities completed under the bilateral: -
  • Technical Assistance to builders and developers for Designing Energy Efficient Buildings through integrated design process. One such project which has been provided this support is Smart GHAR project being constructed by Rajkot Municipal Corporation under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.
  • Promotion of indigenous development and testing of prototypes
  • Development of guidelines for design of energy efficient residential and public buildings.
  • Knowledge dissemination & training: The project has contributed in creating awareness and developing technical capacities of key stakeholders through training programmes, seminars, web, etc. specialized training and awareness modules have been developed. BEEP has conducted over 20 seminars and training programmes which were attended by more than 1500 participants.



  1. Countries with whom cooperation is being revived


  1. India-China

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is a part of the Working Group on Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection. The MoU between India and China in the field of energy efficiency was signed on 26th November, 2012 for a period of five years between Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The Action points pertaining to above MoU were :

  • Cooperation in Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Industries (Cement, Paper and Steel) Considered as the major energy intensive industries with a very large bandwidth of energy consumption within the sectors, it provides a huge opportunity for savings through implementation of energy efficiency measures. To facilitate knowledge sharing between Indian and Chinese industries - Visit of representatives from the Indian Industry (Cement, Steel and Paper) to Beijing will be organized on the side lines of the third SED.
  • Knowledge Sharing between India- Chinese ESCOs facilitated by a visit by Indian ESCOs to Beijing
  • Technology exchange on increasing efficiency in Thermal Power Plants and to reduce pollutants.


Further, the cooperation on energy efficiency will be taken up for discussion during the 5th India China Strategic Energy Dialogue scheduled during April, 2018.


  1. India-France

An MoU was signed between Bureau of Energy Efficiency and French Environment and Energy management Agency in May, 2006 for a period of three years and further extended by mutual interest for another 2 years. The achievements under the MoU are as under:

  • Energy Information Centers for creating awareness on energy efficiency have been established at state designated agencies of Haryana and Punjab.
  • Demand Side Management Internet Portal has been successfully created and commissioned with assistance of ADEME and is available at
  • Sharing of Energy Efficiency Best practices and Best Available Technologies in MSMEs and Benchmarking and Mapping Indian MSMEs Energy Consumption

Further, MoU is to be revised in the current year and the draft MoU has been prepared and has been sent to Ministry for approval.


  1. India- Russia

MoU has been signed between Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Russian Energy Agency on November, 2013 for a period of three years for exchange of knowledge, information and best practices on the following topics:

  • Exchange of experience in the field of energy management, energy audits and energy services.
  • Organization of conferences and seminars
  • Technical assistance to the energy efficiency projects.
  • Exchange of delegations


  1. New Bilateral Cooperation

New collaborations are proposed between India and other countries such as Tanzania, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Czech Republic, Tajaksatan and South Korea in the areas of energy efficiency.



  • Multilaterals


  1. International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)
  • The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is a high-level international forum which includes developed and developing countries. Its purpose is to enhance global cooperation in the field of energy efficiency (EE) and to facilitate policies that yield energy efficiency gains across all sectors globally. Its foundation in May 2009 represents a key milestone in the improvement of energy efficiency. The IPEEC promotes energy efficiency worldwide by exchanging information related to energy efficiency, developing partnerships between energy efficiency sectors and supporting energy efficient initiatives. IPEEC supported initiatives are open to both member and non-member nations as well as the private sector.
  • Objective of IPEEC is to enhance global cooperation in the field of energy efficiency and is comprised of 16 member countries.. IPEEC members included Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The visibility of IPEEC has significantly enhanced with the announcement of the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan. India is participating in the four work streams viz. Energy Efficiency Financing, Industrial Energy Management, Transport and Electricity Generation.The Partnership relies on voluntary contributions (VCs) of IPEEC members and other entities. These VCs include financial as well as in-kind contributions.
  • IPEEC's technical work program spans several sectors. Member countries lead and participate in dedicated Task Groups that design and implement the I PEEC's technical work program. The Task Groups are funded directly by their participating members.
  • The IPEEC is run by an Executive Committee (ExCo), a Policy Committee (PoCo) and a Secretariat. Both the Executive Committee (Canada as current Chair) and the Policy Committee (USA as current Chair) provide overall guidance on administrative, policy and technical issues. They are made up of representatives of the IPEEC members. The Executive Committee examines and adopts the proposals of the member countries and the budget for each year, examines membership requests, provides guidance and oversight to the Secretariat and develops proposals for the Task Groups while reviewing some of the Task Groups' work. India is one of the Vice-Chairs of ExCo as well as PoCo.
  • The Policy Committee governs the overall framework and policies of the IPEEC, follows the progress of the Task Groups as well as the work of the Executive Committee and the Secretariat. So far 13 meetings of Policy Committee meetings have been held with the last meeting convened on 16th and 17th February, 2017.
  • The Secretariat, working under its Executive Director, is the coordinator of the IPEEC's communications outreach and activities. Its administrative functions include the organization of the meetings of the Policy Committee and the Executive Committee, the screening and forwarding of membership requests to the Executive Committee, and the coordination of IPEEC information (status, activities),IPEEC's technical work programme spans several sectors. Member countries lead and participate in dedicated Task Groups that design and implement the IPEEC's technical work programme. The Secretariat leads two additional technical initiatives. The Task Groups are funded directly by their participating members.


  1. Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)
  • The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to share lessons learnt and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.  Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. During the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, U.S. Secretary of Energy announced to host the first Clean Energy Ministerial to bring together ministers with responsibility for clean energy technologies from the world’s major economies and ministers from a select number of smaller countries that are leading in various areas of clean energy.
  • The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) presently has 23 countries and the European Commission. The countries are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Members of the Clean Energy Ministerial (as of 2016) represent about 90% of global clean energy investment and 75% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The CEM is currently the only regular meeting of energy ministers focused exclusively on clean energy.
  • In this regard, Ministry of Power has mandated Bureau of Energy Efficiency to participate in the CEM Initiatives mandated with a long term vision namely Appliances (SEAD) as the LEAD country, Electric Vehicles & Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) and CEM Campaigns mandated to achieve a goal within a stipulated time frame namely Advanced Cooling challenge & Global Lighting challenge (GLC) as the LEAD country along with EV@30@30 campaign.