Dec 9, 2016: India aims to extend its LED lighting efficiency program to seven other Asian countries and to the UK with World Bank’s help. The initial agreements have been signed with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while discussions are on with Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.
“We are in talks with utilities and municipal bodies in the UK to get an order, as we have to scale to bring down LED prices like we have done in India,” said Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). EESL is a state-backed company, which is responsible for procuring and distributing LED lighting in India under the program UJALA.
Saurabh Kumar said that the projects outside India are likely to be implemented in the next six months. “The business model and process will be the same as in India,” he added. EESL officials posted in Dhaka, Colombo and Bangkok will start work in February.
World Bank’s role
World Bank looks for opportunities to support countries that are eager to achieve energy efficiency through different models. In this case it will support other Asian countries that want to achieve energy efficiency through models developed by EESL. World Bank is eager to support EESL, and hold talks with other countries.
India’s energy-efficiency programs have been successful in the country itself. India has requested the bank for $300 million to support an expansion of EESL’s program in India.
According to The Climate Group, a London-based global non-profit organization, lighting accounts for about 6% of global CO2 emissions. A global switch to energy-efficient LED technology could save more than 1,400 million tons of CO2, and avoid construction of 1,250 power stations.