Energy Efficiency Researcher
Sandeep Kachhawa is an energy efficiency researcher with more than ten years of experience in research and policy advisory. Sandeep's research targets building energy efficiency and cold chains, wherein he has conducted qualitative and quantitive studies while collaborating with businesses, government, and civil society. Sandeep has co-authored various 'cooling' focused studies including the draft District Cooling Guidelines for India. He has contributed to the space cooling in buildings and cold chain & refrigeration chapters of the India Cooling Action Plan, the first-of-its-kind cooling action plan in the world. While working closely with NITI Aayog and BEE, he helped conceptualize India's periodic State Energy Efficiency Index, which assesses states' energy efficiency policies and programs and serves as a benchmark for states efforts and achievements. He has authored/co-authored multiple research papers, including making a case for adaptive thermal comfort, decoding India's residential and commercial building stock characteristics, rethinking ECBC implementation in states and cities, evaluation framework for assessing state-level energy efficiency implementation, and policy & technology roadmap for retrofitting/modernizing cold storages in India. Sandeep is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and has helped improve the energy performance of many large commercial and mixed-use buildings in India. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has a Master's in Energy Engineering from MNIT Jaipur.
All Sessions by Sandeep Kachhawa
Industry Session 4 – Decarbonizing India’s Cooling Sector through Adoption of District Cooling and other Cooling Technologies Powered by TABREED IndiaNew Delhi
Session Brief: In light of India’s burgeoning cooling requirements and its commitments under the Paris agreement, this session aims to discuss the most suitable and sustainable strategy that can be adopted to decarbonize Indian cities while meeting the demand for cooling
The session will be structured in an ‘Oxford Union Style Debate’ format to engage the speakers as well as the audience. The proposition team will be speaking in favour of district cooling as well as other cooling technologies as the best possible solution; and how its deployment on a large scale (real estate, smart cities and urban planning) facilitated through the right policies and investments can yield economic and ecological dividends for all stakeholders through significantly reduced power load on the grid (as well as the potential for load shifting through the integration of renewable and thermal energy storage), energy consumption savings, etc. On the other hand, those representing the “opposition” will focus on challenges to the deployment and adoption of DC, relevance and feasibility of DC for India, especially in the context of affordable housing, resi-sector, and Tier II, III, IV cities, as well as the larger role passive cooling measures and nature-based solutions can play in providing thermal comfort.
The event will be moderated by Tabreed India, an industry leader in district cooling, and will feature dignitaries from the cooling and allied industries as well as government organisations. The session, through its structure and focused conversation, will help provide a holistic and systemic view, integrating seemingly isolated aspects of the argument cohesively together, for formulating and implementing India’s Cooling Roadmap.