Improving Energy Efficiency in the Indian Railways System

What is the Project About

What is the Project About
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In partnership with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, the project supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the Indian Railways, which accounts for roughly 2.5 percent of the total electricity consumption in India. The focus is on institutional capacity development, technical training, implementation of energy-efficient technologies and sharing knowledge on best practices.

What Have We Accomplished So far

  • Web portal ‘railsaver.gov.in’ on energy efficiency management system was launched on 15 April 2014. The portal contains energy data for the Indian railways

  • Center of Excellence (COE) established at the Indian Railways Institute for Electrical Engineers (IRIEEN), Nasik to impart training to the Indian Railways staff on energy efficiency

  • Technology Information Resource and Facilitation Desk (TIRFAD) established at the Research Design & Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 

Looking to the Future



Looking to the Future
  • Introduce energy-saving technologies and measures in both traction and non-traction systems 

  • Strengthen institutional framework with the Indian Railways by setting up a centre of excellence in energy efficiency, a resources and services centre dedicated to the Indian Railways zones and other units

  • Create awareness among the Indian Railways staff and sensitize them on energy efficiency and propose appropriate energy-efficient technologies 

  • Establish energy efficiency benchmarks

  • Support significant savings both in energy consumption and reduction in GHG emissions

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 5,200,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2013 US$ 44,199
2012 US$ 492,071
2011 NIL

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
September 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2017
Geographic Coverage:
National-level
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
MDG:
Goal 7- Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
Preeti Soni
Partners:
Ministry of Railways, Government of India; Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India
Highlights
  • The Indian Railways accounts for 2.5 percent of the country’s total electricity consumption 
  • The project aims to reduce energy consumption and emission of greenhouse gases in the Indian Railways
  • The project also seeks to introduce energy-saving technologies and measures in both traction and non-traction systems
  • Create awareness among the Indian Railways staff on energy efficiency
  • Establish a centre of excellence in energy efficiency to strengthen institutional framework with the Indian Railways
Related Documents
2013 Annual Performance Report of UNDP-supported GEF-financed Projects
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