(The Gist of PIB) Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative  [JUNE-2020]

(The Gist of PIB) Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative


Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings Initiative

  • On World Environment Day, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under Ministry of Power, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE program, launched the “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” initiative.

About EESL:

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country.
  • Driven by the mission of Enabling More – more transparency, more transformation, and more innovation.
  • EESL aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder.


  • The Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE), under which this initiative has been launched.
  • It is a part of the US-India bilateral Partnership between the Ministry of Power and USAID.
  • It is aimed at accelerating the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency as a standard practice within buildings, and specifically focuses on cooling.

Key highlights:

  • As part of this pilot, “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” Initiative, EESL has taken the leadership by being the first to implement this framework in its own offices.
  • This initiative is addressing the challenges of retrofitting existing buildings and air conditioning systems so that they are both healthy and energy efficient.
  • The EESL office pilot will address this problem by developing specifications for future use in other buildings throughout the country, as well as aid in evaluating the effectiveness and cost benefits of various technologies and their short and long-term impacts on air quality, comfort, and energy use.


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