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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
07-December-2011 17:04 IST
Energy Efficiency in Cantonment Areas

An integrated energy efficiency improvement programme has been launched by Defence Services since 2007. The details/initiatives are as under:

(a) Roadmap for adoption of Energy Efficiency and Conservation: An Inter-Services Working Group (ISWG) has been formed to formulate policy directions and monitor use of new and renewable energy sources in Defence Sector.

(b) Utilisation of Energy and Conservation Products/Technologies: Following initiatives have been taken:-

(i) Energy Audits are being carried out for defence buildings specially those consuming large chunk of energy.

(ii) Use of composite fluorescent lamp (CFL).

(iii) Use of solar water heaters.

(iv) Use of solar streetlights.

(v) Rainwater harvesting is increasingly being incorporated in defence buildings.

(vi) Inclusion of following new products in defence works:-

(a) Solar cooking systems.

(b) Solar powered traffic lights.

(c) Solar space heating.

(d) Solar drying systems.

(c) Reduction in use of Ozone Depleting Substances(ODS): Chloro Flouro Carbon (CFC) based refrigeration and air-conditioning equipments are being phased out. Once unserviceable and due for replacement, these are being replaced with Hydro Chloro Flouro Carbon (HCFC) based equipments.

(d) Green Building: Green Building features are being adopted in various construction projects.

The expenditure on energy efficient products is met out of funds allocated to defence works for construction and maintenance & operation of defence assets in different Commands. No separate allotment is made to States as functioning is regulated by different Services and respective Command in each Service viz. Army, Air Force & Navy.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shrimati T. Ratna Bai in Rajya Sabha today.