About the Programme

The building sector in India is experiencing unprecedented growth and is likely to add about 35 billion m² of new floor area by 2050. Providing thermal comfort, reliable electricity, nutritional food, and access to vaccines to all its citizens is a key challenge and also a pressing priority. This offers emerging opportunities for more future ready buildings and habitable communities – with ambitious building energy codes, net-zero energy and net-zero carbon buildings, low-energy cooling innovations, energy-efficient and smart appliances, and sustainable cold-chain infrastructure for horticulture and vaccines.

The Buildings and Communities team at AEEE strives to advance energy efficiency, equity, and visibility of energy if buildings by undertaking cutting-edge research and analysis, policy advocacy and implementation, market transformation, and creating tools and other knowledge products.

Strategic focus area

  • Fostering R&D for sustainable buildings
  • Building energy codes and labels
  • Standards & Labelling of appliances
  • Sustainable cooling & refrigeration
  • Demand response and grid-interactive buildings
  • Sustainable cold-chain

Flagship programmes

India Cooling Coalition

India Cooling Coalition (ICC) is a multi-stakeholder group engaged extensively in sustainable cooling research and application. The platform aims to strategically mitigate the developmental challenges in line with various national and international commitments like India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP), the Kigali Amendment, Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals.

SHEETAL

SHEETAL is a consortium of CSOs led by TERI and partners AEEE, CEEW, supported by Children Investment Fund Foundation, to facilitate the implementation of India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) recommendations.

As a part of the consortium, AEEE is the leading organisation for the Work Theme 2: Sectoral Actions and Work Theme 3: Enabling Actions.

The Work Theme 2 spans across the sectoral sub-themes on:

  • Space Cooling – implementing space cooling policies, programmes and regulations
  • Cold-chain

This work theme encompasses activities related to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Standards & Labelling (S&L) program, residential building code adoption and implementation, not-in-kind or non-refrigerant based climate-friendly cooling solutions and cold-chain.

The Work Theme 3: Enabling Actions spans across the cross-cutting work theme on Behavioural Change. 

Reports and Research

Enabling cold chain infrastructure development in India

Enabling cold chain infrastructure development in India

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Substantiating the Scope of Code: Eco-Niwas Samhita

Substantiating the Scope of Code: Eco-Niwas Samhita

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Transitioning to Super Energy-Efficient Room Air Conditioners: Fostering ICAP Implementation

Transitioning to Super Energy-Efficient Room Air Conditioners: Fostering ICAP Implementation

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Harnessing Behaviour Change for Promoting Energy Efficiency

Harnessing Behaviour Change for Promoting Energy Efficiency

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Analysis of Potato Value Chain in West Bengal

Analysis of Potato Value Chain in West Bengal

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Analysis of Potato Value Chain in West Bengal

Decoding Evaporative Air Coolers

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Harnessing Behaviour Change for Promoting Energy Efficiency

A Policy Strategy for Decarbonising the Building Sector

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Analysis of Potato Value Chain in West Bengal

Towards Climate-Responsive and Low-Carbon Development

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Must Read

Retrofit and Modernize: A way forward for revamping legacy cold storages in India

Agriculture, one of the most important sectors of the Indian economy, has seen phenomenal growth in the production of perishable commodities, including horticulture produce. Among the horticulture crops, Uttar Pradesh was India’s largest potato producing state, followed by West Bengal, where 13.16 million metric tonnes (MMT) of potatoes were produced in 2019-20. However, investment for cold chain development in India, particularly West Bengal, undermines the importance of a climate-friendly uninterrupted cold chain as an essential requirement for the potato value chain.

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Meet the Team

The Building and Communities team at AEEE is a mixed bag of seasoned professionals and researchers, coming from varied backgrounds. Here is how our team looks like:

Tarun Garg

Tarun Garg

Program Lead

Akhil Singhal

Akhil Singhal

Senior Research Associate

Shatakshi Suman

Shatakshi Suman

Senior Research Associate

Gerry George

Gerry George

Senior Research Associate

Khushboo Gupta

Khushboo Gupta

Senior Research Associate

Ishita Sachdeva

Ishita Sachdeva

Senior Research Associate

Aafsha Kansal

Aafsha Kansal

Research Associate

Simrat Kaur

Simrat Kaur

Research Associate

Srishti Sharma

Srishti Sharma

Research Associate

Dharini Sridharan

Dharini Sridharan

Research Associate

Arzoo Kumari

Arzoo Kumari

Research Trainee