India can achieve its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change only if each state and UT steer their climate actions and become leaders in implementing them at various local levels. Energy efficiency (EE) is crucial to India’s goal of reducing emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 percent between 2005 and 2030. To this effect, states and UTs have a strategic role to mainstream energy efficiency in their sustainable development policies. All the State Governments / UT Administrations have designated an agency as State Designated Agency (SDA) to coordinate, regulate and enforce the provisions of the Energy Conservation (EC) Act 2001 within the state.

The State & Local Actions team work to strengthen states’ institutional capacity to use data to identify & monitor EE interventions using the State Energy Efficiency Index. We promote EE as an integral part of State development policy - with other environmental, economic and livelihood goals attuned to the states’ socio-economic priorities. We support states in EE policy formulation and provide a convening platform for State Designated Agencies and Industry.

Flagship programmes

State Energy Efficiency Index

The State Energy Efficiency Index, developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), is an annual index to track and measure EE progress in states and UTs. It institutionalizes energy data capture by the SDAs and is aimed at transitioning EE adoption in states through a data-driven approach. It help the SDAs to identify areas for EE interventions, drive EE policies and programmes and set optimal energy savings targets. The index started in 2018 and is currently in its third edition.

It comprises of a framework of 60+ quantitative, qualitative and outcome-based indicators that assesses progress in policy and regulations, institutional capacities, financial investments, EE adoption and resultant energy savings in 5 sectors namely buildings, industry, municipalities, transport, agriculture and DISCOMs, and other cross sector initiatives.

The states and UTs are categorized into 4 peer groups based on their total final energy consumption to compare performances and share best practices within their group.

Improving Rural Livelihoods through Energy-Efficient Cooling & Refrigeration in India

AEEE is working towards deploying low cost and low energy cooling & refrigeration technologies, understanding the grassroot level challenges, and facilitating the development of sustainable and accessible cold-chain infrastructure in rural India under its flagship project: Improving Rural Livelihoods through Energy-Efficient Cooling & Refrigeration in India, with support from Good Energies Foundation. The key stakeholders under this project are farmer producer organisations, small and marginal farmers, rural healthcare centres and small retail shops, technology providers, resource institutions in rural development, policymakers and sectoral experts.

The project is envisioned to act as a catalyst to support the Government of India’s goal of doubling farmers’ income and reducing food loss by advancing the development and implementation of efficient cold chain infrastructure. It also fosters the implementation of ICAP 2019 recommendations associated with energy efficient refrigeration technologies by promoting and adopting low-cost refrigeration technologies; and, by providing capacity building and training to technicians, farmers and other stakeholders who will be either the end-users or will operate of the deployed technology.

Project Goals, Objectives and Outcomes

The project goals are as follows:

  • improved food security (SDG 2: Zero hunger)
  • increasing farmers’ incomes (SDG – 8: Decent work and economic growth)
  • access to better health services (SDG – 3: Good health and well-being)
  • addressing climate change (SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 7: Clean Energy)

The project objectives are centered around the use of energy efficient cooling and refrigeration solutions/technology for off-grid and weak-grid rural communities to:

  • Reduce food loss through the uptake of agricultural applications such as pre-cooling, staging cold room, cold storage
  • Provide cold-storage facilities in rural health centres
  • Build additional income opportunities for rural productive businesses

The long-term expected outcomes of the project will be:

  • Increased availability and access to low cost, low energy cooling & refrigeration solutions/ technologies for off-grid/weak-grid rural communities
  • Increased interest from manufacturers for meeting the cooling & refrigeration demand in off-grid/weak-grid rural communities
  • Programmes/action plans for replicating and scaling up well designed, low cost, low energy cooling & refrigeration technologies for off-grid/weak-grid rural communities
  • Increased consumer awareness and labour capacity towards low cost, low energy cooling & refrigeration solutions for off-grid/weak-grid rural communities

State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI)

The State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) has been developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), in collaboration with Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), to help drive energy efficiency policies and programme implementation at the state and local level. Three editions of SEEI have been developed and published - SEEI 2018, SEEI 2019, SEEI 2020.

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View results of SEEI 2018, 2019, & 2020


State Energy Efficiency Index

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State Energy Efficiency Index – 2019

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State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index – 2018

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Meet the Team

Sangeeta Mathew

Sangeeta Mathew

Program Lead

Priyami Dutta

Priyami Dutta

Senior Research Associate