International Multilateral Programmes

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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.
  • 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.
  • The IPEEC is run by an Executive Committee (ExCo), a Policy Committee (PoCo) and a Secretariat. So far 16 meetings of Policy Committee meetings have been held with the last meeting convened on February, 2019 and 20 meetings of Executive Committee meetings have been held with the last meeting convened in September 2018.
  • The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is likely to be dissolved and to foster collaboration and synergies to enhance energy efficiency work globally; “Energy Efficiency Hub” is being created The Hub, as outlined in the principles, is intended to foster collaboration and synergies to enhance energy efficiency work globally. It would have a distinct identity and ring-fenced budget with supporting staff and would be focused on collaboration, rooted in the task groups of IPEEC adding value to, and not duplicate, existing activities and ensuring appropriate integration within the IEA. The Hub work programme would be overseen by an independent Hub Steering Committee. These principles also elaborate on the establishment of a secretariat for the Hub which would be open to nationals from all Hub countries.


2. Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)

Created in 2010, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a global forum where major economies and forward leaning countries work together to share best practices and promote policies and programmes that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

  • There are 28 participating member countries in CEM: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand (observer), Norway, Poland (observer), Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.


  • 22 wide ranging CEM work-streams (initiatives and campaigns) help drive the global clean energy transition. These are yearlong activities which are led by one or more CEM members with coordination with one or more departments within the countries.


  • Several of the world’s best technical expert organisations (such as IRENA, IEA, UNEP, UNIDO, NREL, LBNL, etc.) lend their technical assistance and advice to support the work of the CEM.


  • The 10thCEM meeting took place in Vancouver, Canada on 27th – 29thMay, 2019.


BEE’s Engagement in CEM:


i. SEAD (Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment)


Fostering governments working together to save energy, turn knowledge into action, and advance global markets to encompass energy efficient products. SEAD is a voluntary collaboration among governments working to promote the manufacture, purchase, and use of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and equipment worldwide. SEAD’s 19 member governments engage with global initiatives, industry and civil society, and each other to identify and share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage, facilitate, and accelerate the pace of market transformation for energy efficient equipment and appliances.


ii. ACC (Advanced Cooling Challenge)


The Advanced Cooling Challenge (ACC) urges governments, companies, and other stakeholders to make, sell, promote, or install super-efficient air conditioner or cooling solutions that are smart, climate friendly, and affordable. The campaign seeks commitments, supporting actions, and endorsing statements from energy and related government agencies, public sector organisations, manufacturers, retailers, institutional buyers, and foundations.


iii. EMWG (Energy Management Working Group)


EMWG activities focus on Energy Management Systems (EnMS) such as ISO 50001 due to the vast potential for energy savings. The ISO 50001 standard is technically rigorous and globally relevant, providing a reliable means of measuring progress toward corporate goals, as well as national and international climate commitments. The framework encompasses all aspects of energy use within an organisation and engages management, functional and business unit teams, and all employees.


IV. EMC (Energy Management Campaign)


A campaign under the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) Initiative, the Energy Management Campaign provides an easy mechanism to drive concrete actions and elevate visibility of ISO 50001 and increase partnership opportunities among governments, institutions and private sector organisations. The Campaign, launched in 2016, enabled the EMWG leverage its resources for greater impact.


V. EV-30@30


The EV30@30 Campaign sets a collective aspirational goal to speed up deployment and reach a 30% sales share for electric vehicles by 2030 among the participating countries. The campaign supports the market for electric passenger cars, light commercial vans, buses and trucks (including battery-electric, plug- in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle types). It also works towards the deployment of charging infrastructure to supply sufficient power to the vehicles deployed.





During the sidelines of 6th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, a high level meeting of BRICS member countries on Energy Efficiency was held in Merida, Mexico on 26th May, 2015 to have cooperation on Energy Efficiency amongst BRICS member countries. As part of meeting, the Russian side circulated copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency promotion for consideration of BRICS member countries


The MoU was signed on 20th November, 2015 at Russia during the first meeting of the Energy Ministers of BRICS member countries. Under the framework of this MoU, a Working Group on Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency was established. The first Working Group meeting on “Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency” was held in Vizag on 5th July, 2016.The second meeting of Energy Ministers was held in Beijing China on 7th June, 2017. 


As a pe-cursor to the 3rd Ministerial Meeting, a Third Working Group meeting on Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency was held at Cape Town, South Africa on 17th and 18th May, 2018.The purpose of the meeting was to engage into high level (ministerial) discussions and endorsements towards the outcome of Energy Efficiency Working Group actions and deliberations. The high-level engagements by the ministers of member countries pushed forward joint collaboration and the knowledge sharing in the field of energy efficiency as well as Renewable energy programmes.


Brazil will be the host for the 2019 BRICS meetings.


G20 (Group-20)


The G20, or Group of 20, is the main international forum for economic, financial and political cooperation: it addresses the major global challenges and seeks to generate public policies that resolve them. It is made up of the European Union and 19 countries: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.


Together, the G20 members represent 85% of the global gross product, two thirds of the world population and 75% of international trade.India provided its stand on various issues during the finalization of Energy Minister’s Communique on LNG, Carbon capture and Storage, Financing for developing countries, Energy Data Transparency and Digitalisation.


Japan hosted the 2019 G20 Ministerial and Leader’s summit and Saudi Arabia has taken over the G20 presidency for the year 2020.


IEA (International Energy Agency)


The cooperation between India and the IEA intensified and broadened significantly as a result India’s participation in the IEA 2009 and 2011 Ministerial meeting, and the endorsement of a joint statement by the Ministry of power, Government of India and the International Energy Agency (IEA) on both occasions during the November 2013 IEA Ministerial meeting.


In March 2017, after a series of intensive consultations with all the relevant ministries, India joined the IEA as an Association country. This was a major milestone for global energy governance and another major step towards the IEA becoming a truly global energy organisation and strengthening ties with the key energy players. Since then, Indian delegations have actively participated in IEA committees, meetings and workshops. The IEA launches major publications in New Delhi to share our findings with Indian energy communities and policy-makers like Launch of Future of Cooling report in July 2018.


Activities so far:


The International Energy Agency and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) of the Government of India co-hosted the first ever Energy Efficiency Training Week for India, from 10 to 13 December in New Delhi. The event, which coincided with India’s 28th National Energy Conservation Day on 14 December, brought together over 100 energy efficiency professionals from government institutions and supporting organisations across all levels of government in India. Officials and industry professionals from over 20 Indian states participated in the IEA Training Week programme, exchanging best practices, expanding their knowledge of energy efficiency and expanding professional networks. The Training Week consisted of four parallel courses on energy efficiency policy in buildings, appliances and equipment, industry, and municipal and utility services.


Since 2015, IEA has been organizing Energy Efficiency Training Week in Paris to share experiences on planning, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency policy in emerging economies on Industry, Buildings, DSM, Municipalities, Data Indicators. There has been representation of State Designated agencies along with officials from BEE and Ministry of Power during these energy efficiency training weeks.