Owning up to the fact that India has become one of the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, India aims to extend its lighting efficiency program to seven other Asian countries and the UK with aid from the World Bank. The Government of India has taken some crucial steps in addressing this matter and signing agreements with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka exhibit its sincerity. Currently India is in talks with Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand regarding the same.
Managing Director of EESL, Saurabh Kumar quoted on the matter, “We’re talking to utilities and municipal bodies in the UK to get an order, as we need scale to bring LED prices down like we have done in India. Our business model and procedures remain the same, while our officials posted to Colombo, Dhaka and Bangkok will begin work in February.” He further added that India has a very optimistic approach towards the matter and is eyeing towards implementation of the international projects as soon as six months. He also gave a hint on India’s future plans on expanding domestic usage of LED bulbs and other more energy efficient electronic equipment such as air-conditioners starting in January.
The World Bank is supporting other countries to improve on energy efficiency quotient by using models developed by EESL. The bank is now encouraging other countries to develop their own energy efficiency programs like the one India has exemplified the whole world with.