Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key driving force in meeting India’s environmental and climate goals. We work closely with large and small industries and the buildings sector to help improve their energy performance. We have demonstrated a range of technologies and practices that have helped small and medium enterprises in India to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their profitability. Other significant efforts include supporting the Indian government’s Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme to promote energy efficiency in large industries.

Energy Efficiency


  • Discussion Paper

    Potential for electrifying Indian MSMEs

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  • Project Report

    Decarbonisation of iron and steel sectors

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  • Discussion Paper

    Co-innovation of low-carbon technologies for SMES: A framework for strengthening technology cooperation between Japan and India

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India can become a leading hydrogen export hub: Cristian Valdes Carter, Director, Innovation Norway said at TERI’s technical session at the International Climate Summit 2021

TERI Web Desk

TERI organised four virtual technical sessions on 'Powering India's Hydrogen Ecosystem' at the International Climate Summit 2021 where discussions focused on the scope, potential, and policy and regulatory impetus needed to boost green hydrogen application in India.

Cooling India with Energy Efficient Solutions

With rapid urbanisation and a growing population, there is a demand for sustainable, clean, and energy efficient cooling solutions. Access to cooling has become a development need and an equality issue. The interplay of a variety of factors is important to understand in order to encourage energy efficiency in cooling.

Understanding barriers to energy efficiency: Decoding consumer behaviour

Apart from easy availability of energy efficient technologies, consumers require a nudge to bring about behavioural change regarding energy conservation in daily life

A 'green division' in Delhi to reduce residents' carbon footprint

TERI Web Desk

A Model Green Division project by a discom in East Delhi's Mayur Vihar could reduce 2100 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Saving Punjab's groundwater, one agricultural pump at a time

A scheme in Punjab delivers direct monetary benefit to farmers for using agricultural pumps more efficiently

It's time for utilities to manage power demand creatively

Mr K Ramanathan

Demand Side Management, or DSM, can help power utilities manage rising electricity demand without compromising consumer interest


Pumped Storage Plants : Key Enabler of India's energy Transition

October 28, 2022
to October 28, 2022

At the Glasgow COP26 meeting last year, the Hon’ble Prime Minister promised to strengthen India’s climate commitments. He made five promises, and called them the 'Panchamrits.' India’s new 2030 targets are the following:

Workshop on Energy saving opportunities and pathways for low-carbon opportunities in Indian DRI sector

August 16, 2021
to August 16, 2021

Workshop on Energy saving opportunities and pathways for low-carbon opportunities in Indian DRI sector

On 16 August 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Behavioural Dimensions in Indian Power sector

September 24, 2020
to September 24, 2020

On 24th September 2020, 02:00 PM – 05:30 PM IST

E-launch of 'A Fiscally Responsible Green Stimulus' report

August 24, 2020
to August 24, 2020

Recognising fiscal constraints, the report explores policy and regulatory interventions that would encourage private investment to provide a green stimulus to economic recovery in India.

TERI Press' book on energy conservation 'Why Should I Save Energy?' released

January 16, 2020
to January 16, 2020

A new book on energy conservation for children titled Why Should I Save Energy? written by Abhas Bhardwaj was released on January 16, 2020, at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Produced by TERI Press, the publishing arm of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the book introduces children to various forms of energy, history of fossil fuels, great scientists and their inventions, and more importantly, to the problems our planet faces with a steady depletion of natural resources.


MSMEs to soon have low-carbon technologies?

January 14, 2023 |
January 14, 2023
The New Indian Express

Mr Girish Sethi, Senior Director, TERI, said that Japan-India technology matchmaking platform (JITMAP) is working towards awareness creation amongst the MSMEs in India. TERI is keen on introducing low-carbon technologies in MSMEs across Andhra Pradesh with the help of the Japanese government after consulting with Bureau of Energy Efficiency and other ministries concerned. Mr Sethi said that JITMAP is working towards awareness creation amongst the MSMEs in India. It focuses on promoting low-cost technologies to the user end.

What India needs to do to achieve net-zero status by 2070

May 13, 2022
| Mr R R Rashmi
| India Development Review

The recent IPCC report that came out in the month of March 2022 says that, by the end of the century, the temperature rise is likely to be 2 to 3.7 degrees if global emissions, as they stand today, are not curtailed. In fact, according to the report, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions need to come down by 45 percent globally (compared with 2005) by the end of 2030. And current trends show that the reduction is falling quite short, as the total impact of all the nationally determined contributions put together is still not more than 11 percent.

Improving energy efficiency of power plants

June 28, 2021
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Electrical & Power Review

The target should be that we achieve a major shift in getting decentralised generation in villages going below the one-megawatt level and we can only get that if we have a feed-in tariff regime. So, the DISCOMs saves money because of low delivery cost, the country saves on transmission investments, and the village gets reliable supply. This creates a huge efficiency gain there and a much easier market-based achievement of the target of 450,000 megawatts.

Improving Power Plant Energy Efficiency

January 28, 2021
| Dr G R Narasimha Rao
| Energetica India

Thermal power plants are heavily affected by downward revisions in electricity demand, and its use in industry is tempered by lower economic activity. Coal phase-out policies, the rise of renewables, and competition from natural gas lead to part-load operating and the retirement of 275 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity worldwide by 2025 (13% of the total). To limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the world would need to transform in several complex and connected ways.

TERI to conduct energy audit in Andhra Pradesh's East and West Godavari refractory clusters

August 3, 2020 |
August 3, 2020
The New Indian Express

To develop a roadmap for making Indian refractory sector energy and resource efficient, Bureau of Energy Efficiency has picked Andhra Pradesh among other states to initiate a study of energy efficiency potential in refractory clusters, which are among the energy-intensive micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sub-sectors. TERI has been entrusted with the job to conduct the study.

TERI launches storage battery-based load management in Kolkata

November 26, 2018 |
November 26, 2018
Business Standard

TERI has launched a "first-of-its-kind" pilot project here to support implementation of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) at the distribution level, aimed at reducing stress on transformers during peak hours. The research institute, with support from MacArthur Foundation, kick started the project in collaboration with the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL). For implementation of the pilot project, TERI would act as project management consultant to WBSEDCL and Department of Power, West Bengal.


Road to Sharm El-Sheikh: Towards Equity and Climate Justice

November 7, 2022

Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh from 6th -18th November 2022. The COP27 Presidency lays out the vision for inclusive, rules-based, ambitious, substantive outcomes, commensurate with the challenges based on science and guided by principles building on agreements, decisions, pledges, and commitments from Rio 1992 to Glasgow 2021.

Co-innovation of low-carbon technologies for SMES: A framework for strengthening technology cooperation between Japan and India

August 11, 2021

Co-innovation can enhance cooperation with Japanese firms and facilitate the successful transfer of low carbon technologies in small and medium enterprises in India to further the country's energy transition

Making Mission Possible: Delivering a Net-Zero Economy

September 16, 2020

The primary route to decarbonisation will be clean electrification, complemented by hydrogen, sustainable biomass and fossil fuels combined with carbon capture, says the report

Don’t tinker with the clock to save energy

August 10, 2011

On 23 March 2011, all clocks in the UK were turned forward by an hour marking the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The clocks will be turned back on 30 October 2011. The objective is to save energy by educing the use of artificial light and maximizing the use of daylight over a period of seven months. While this has been the practice for many years in countries situated in the upper part of the northern hemisphere and the lower part of the southern hemisphere, DST is hardly practised in countries situated closer to the equator.


Energy performance benchmarking

We assist industries in reducing their energy consumption through audits at the plant level. We undertake technology assessments of energy and environmental performance for different industrial sectors and develop or promote energy efficient and environment friendly technological solutions.

Energy efficient and environment-friendly solutions

We develop and promote energy efficient technologies and environment friendly solutions for industries. The main objective is to enable supply chains to reduce fuel consumption, efficient resource utilization and enhance environmental performance.

Senior Director, Energy
Associate Director, Industrial Energy Efficiency
Area Convenor, Industrial Energy (Bangalore)