International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE) - 2018

An International Gathering Showcasing & Promoting Innovation and Implementation in Futuristic Energy Efficiency Technologies, Policies and Financing Mechanism

The LaLit, New Delhi, India

India has significant ambitions for energy security and sustainability while ensuring its economic growth. Government of India aims to provide universal, reliable 24x7 power supply across the nation by 2019. By 2030, India aims to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35% from 2005 baseline - amongst the highest across developing countries and increase the share of non-fossil fuel-based electricity to 40%.

Demand Side Management (DSM) has always figured in India’s Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) as a major tool safeguard the energy security of the country. To this effect, India has been executing some of the largest programs for promoting energy efficiency in various sectors. However, to reach its energy sustainability targets, newer technologies and approaches need to be explored and implemented. A specific and targeted policy framework to facilitate faster adoption of such solutions for energy efficiency is a critical necessity, along with greater integration of the efforts of different stakeholders across government, academia and industry. As the movement to meet India’s climate commitment under the Paris Agreement would gain momentum, adoption of future Environmentally Sound and Affordable Technologies (ESATs) becomes even more significant.

The Government of India has sharpened its focus by positioning energy efficiency as one of the four key pillars for India’s energy future. The National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) is a testimony to India’s commitment towards climate change mitigation through Policy & Practice initiatives. In order to deliberate on such best practices, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) along with The World Bank, India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Department of Science and Technology(DST) organized a signature event INSPIRE 2017 at Jaipur, India during November 2017. Over 300 delegates from government, non-government, international agencies, multi-lateral development banks and bilateral development partners deliberated on various burning issues and solutions of climate change in the 5-days event. One of the take away of INSPIRE 2017 is to bring more and more “Innovation” in energy efficiency arena.  

Innovation in Technology, Policy and Practice is key to address the challenge of faster deployment of transformative ideas and technologies at energy end users. Innovation explores cross-cutting solutions, scale of replication, affordability and inclusive social impact. There is a need to create future ready challenges – keeping the very interest of national commitments and social requirements in sight and engage all concerned to think on innovation in catching up the challenges. So, “Innovate-to-Inspire” could be the one of the main mantras in today’s scenario.  

Against the above backdrop and following the success of the INSPIRE 2017 in Jaipur (India), the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) of India, the World Bank, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), The World Resources Institute (WRI) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have come together to present the “International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE) - 2018". Being organised in New Delhi, India, during November 11-13, this 3-day symposium will showcase & promote innovation and implementation in futuristic energy efficiency technologies, policies and financing mechanism.

INSPIRE-2018 is slated to be India’s largest gathering of energy efficiency experts and innovators from across the globe. This 3-day signature event presents a unique opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with key Indian and global experts, and incubate partnerships and collaborations. It aims to bring to the forefront global experiences and best implementation practices, and put the spotlight on technology, policy and financing innovation and cutting-edge research that also give substantial traction to the momentum already seen in this sector.