Registration and Networking
Session 1: Doubling Energy Efficiency Progress: Global Insights, Local Implications
Global efforts to double energy efficiency progress by 2030 gained significant momentum in 2023. The G20 leaders, in their New Delhi Declaration, took note of a 'Voluntary Action Plan on Doubling the Rate of Energy Efficiency Improvement by 2030.' They agreed to focus on a voluntary roadmap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 7.3 target. This session will delve into international cooperation around energy efficiency in light of these recent developments, and their implications on India in terms of driving the clean energy transition, job creation, reducing energy costs, attracting investments, and ensuring energy security. The session will also bring to the fore AEEE’s latest recommendations around operationalising some of the high-impact energy efficiency opportunities identified during India’s G20 Presidency. The session will incorporate the live audience’s opinion through polling on the way forward.
Session 2: Opportunity Meets Planning: Solutions for India
Amidst the global energy landscape marked by significant milestones like India's G20 presidency and COP28, a powerful momentum has emerged, recognising energy efficiency as the linchpin for progress. This session is not just a discussion; it is a call to action, bringing together influential voices to propel India's energy efficiency trajectory into an unprecedented realm. Against the backdrop of urgent climate imperatives, our expert speakers will scrutinise immediate and visionary strategies, delving into the intricacies of doubling India’s energy efficiency rate. They will dissect challenges and opportunities within crucial sectors, forging a path towards a future where energy efficiency is the driving force behind achieving the Paris targets.
Session 3: Money Matters: How can India Scale up EE Financing and the Financial Sector reforms to Incentivise Growth of EE in India
This session aims to thoroughly examine the crucial aspect of funding energy efficiency initiatives in India. It will address the substantial investment gap projected until 2030 and the annual investment target of $840 billion set by the G20 Strategic Action Plan. The discussion will primarily focus on strategies to bridge this funding gap, exploring key sources of capital, including the utilisation of private investment and blended finance mechanisms. The conversation will emphasise tackling barriers, such as the absence of scalable business models, and draw insights from successful strategies in the renewable energy sector, such as the use of green bonds. The impact of municipal incentives on energy-efficient buildings will be explored, with a specific focus on assessing their scalability. Furthermore, the session will delve into discussions regarding the feasibility of implementing the PACE model in India and designing Priority Sector Lending (PSL) to incentivise banks for financing energy efficiency projects. In addition to these topics, the session will consider the potential role of corporate reporting mechanisms, such as the BRSR core, in motivating large corporations to enhance energy efficiency throughout their supply chains.
Session 4: Who will Bell the Cat? Decarbonisation of the Built Environment
In the journey towards India's 2070 net-zero goal, the crucial buildings sector faces daunting challenges. The low demand for low-carbon structures and developers' reluctance, hindered by various barriers, underscore the need for a transformative approach. This session aims to unravel the complexities of decarbonising the built environment, spotlighting obstacles and fostering dialogue on innovative strategies. Breaking away from tradition, it also pioneers performance-linked services in building design and construction, diverging from the conventional project cost-centric model. Brace for a forward-looking exploration, where challenges will be dissected, and transformative solutions will be discussed.
Session 5: Crossing the Death Valley: Journey of Start-ups
This session delves into the essential aspects of start-ups and early-stage companies' growth journeys. In the volatile business landscape, identifying appropriate business models, securing market access, and leveraging investments are crucial for survival. This session will bring out insights into product development, financing, partnerships, and regulatory navigation through real-world case studies. The objective is to foster informed decision-making, strategic planning, and a deeper understanding of the intricate journey from inception to expansion. Participants can anticipate gaining practical knowledge and building a network within the dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Plenary Address on Expanding the Boundaries: Systems Approach for Decarbonisation
This session will showcase the transformative power of the systems approach to decarbonisation. This enlightening journey through real-world examples in multiple sectors, with a focused exploration based on the speaker's expertise, will unveil the secrets to success. This session will bring a holistic problem-solving paradigm to the fore, acknowledging trade-offs. It will uncover the levers driving systems thinking adoption and strategies for capacity building, which are critical to the future of energy efficiency and decarbonisation.
Session 6A: Secret Recipe for ESCO: Measurement and Verification
The current ESCO market in India represents only a small fraction of the total energy efficiency investments. This session will focus on finding the secret sauce to tackle the growth challenges in India's ESCO market. Could a dedicated M&V platform based on internationally recognised protocols like the IPMVP automate the validation of performance of ESCO projects and bring speed, consistency, and transparency? Besides M&V, the session will focus on different approaches for creating demand including the non-energy benefits of energy efficiency to increase participation. The session will also touch upon tapping diverse sources of financing and de-risking solutions.
Session 6B: Efficient Air-side in HVAC Sector: Impact on Energy Efficiency and Productivity
Session 7: Larger than LiFE: Democratising our Energy Future
This session will probe into India's pursuit of a greener energy future, emphasising democratisation and inclusivity. Our focus will be on embracing diverse perspectives, empowering communities, and prioritising energy efficiency. The Lifestyle for the Environment (LiFE) mission, championed by the Prime Minister, embodies India's commitment to decentralised decision-making and conscious consumption. The discussion will explore behavioural interventions, technological innovations, circularity, collaborative opportunities, community empowerment, and communication strategies. The goal is to foster a comprehensive understanding of how these elements can collectively shape a more democratic and sustainable energy future for the country.
Session 8: The Perfect Power Couple: Energy Efficiency and Demand Flexibility
The session has been planned as a panel discussion. It will discuss the importance of energy efficiency (EE) and demand flexibility (DF) in shaping India’s energy requirements. The discussion will hover around unveiling the potential of energy efficiency and DF individually and together in providing grid flexibility. Further, the session will cater to the value propositions that can be achieved with the integration of EE and DF, potential business models for DF, and the regulatory updates supporting the implementation of DF on a large scale. The session will make the audiences more aware of the recent developments in the area of EE and DF, motivate them to possibly implement EE measures in their industries/organizations, and provide new insights for business opportunities in this area.
Side Session (Closed Door): India Cooling Coalition (ICC) Leaders' Roundtable Discussion on 'Half a Decade of ICAP: Evaluating Lessons and Plotting the Course for 2030'
Session 9: Risks at the Margin: Financing for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
This session confronts the pressing challenges hindering Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in adopting energy efficiency (EE). Tackling issues like high energy costs and limited bankability due to informal practices, it introduces potent solutions like energy savings insurance, the Partial Risk Sharing Facility (PRSF), and the pivotal role of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). The conversations will span regulatory reforms, technological interventions, and innovative financing models, such as cash flow-based lending and alternative credit assessment data. The anticipated outcomes include actionable insights to upscale energy efficiency financing through regulatory support, tech integration, and groundbreaking financial instruments, all centred on leveraging platforms like the New Energy Efficiency Financing (NEEF).