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  1. Centre takes big step, set to replace 100,000 ACs in government buildings with new ones; see reason why

Centre takes big step, set to replace 100,000 ACs in government buildings with new ones; see reason why

As many as, 100,000 old air conditioners (ACs) will be replaced in order to conserve energy, said Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.

By: | Published: January 24, 2018 2:47 PM
Paris Climate deal, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Air Conditioners, Paris Agreement As many as, 100,000 old air conditioners (ACs) will be replaced in order to conserve energy, said Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday. (Image: IE)

As many as, 100,000 old air conditioners (ACs) will be replaced in order to conserve energy, said Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday. The old ACs will be replaced by new ones, which will be more efficient and therefore, consume less power. The ACs will be installed in 2,500 government buildings and will consume 30 per cent less power. This is one step forward to the government’s commitment to shift to electric mobility by 2030, keeping in line with India’s commitment made in the Paris Agreement on Climate change. Moreover, the replacement of conventional lights with LED lights was launched yesterday. The official statement said, “One lakh conventional air conditioners will be replaced by super-efficient ACs that will consume 30 per cent less power and will be environment-friendly.”

Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan said, that India is adhering to its agreement made in Paris Climate Change deal. In addition, 88 crore LED bulbs have also been circulated across India under the Mission Innovation scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Union Environment Minister said, “In 2014, the procurement cost of these bulbs was Rs 310, now it is procured at Rs 70.” Work is also done on the street lights, which are switched on the whole night. As many as one lakh street lights and 2,800 High Mast Lights will be replaced by LED lights and that too at “zero cost,” hence, saving 77.97 per cent energy. Incredible!

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is also set to install 175 GW of solar, wind and biomass electricity by 2022. This will help ensure a reduction in emission intensity. Reportedly, the reduction will be by 33-35 per cent from its 2005 levels by 2030. Work is also on to find best ways to produce electricity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030. Reportedly, 40 per cent of the electricity is expected to be created in this way. Also, all automobiles will be converted to electric and additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide will be created. Besides reducing power consumption, the focus is also given to environment-friendly appliances

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