Upscaling Energy Efficient Production in Small Scale Steel Industry in India

What is the Project About

The project, in partnership with the Government of India and supported by AusAid, aims to upscale energy efficient interventions in the steel re-rolling mills sector and other sub-sectors of the small scale steel industry in India. This will enable mitigation of GHG emissions and lead to improvement in productivity.

What are the Planned Activities

What are the Planned Activities
Photo: UNDP India
  • Implementing energy efficient technologies in 300 units from SRRM sector. These interventions are expected to save INR 1000 to 1250 million (USD 20-25 million) annually in energy costs

  • Implementing energy efficient technologies in five units in other subsector of small scale steel industry such as Induction furnace units 

  • Developing knowledge products to propagate widespread replication of the technologies in the target sector

  • Accelerating awareness in the sector about energy efficiency intervention that leads to huge savings in GHG emissions and improve productivity

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
United Nations Development Programme US$ 950,000
US$ 675,000
Ministry of Steel
US$ 2,000,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2013 US$ 210,740


Stories of Change

Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency

Innovating to Achieve Energy Efficiency
Companies in the highly polluting steel-rerolling sector in India are introducing measures to improve energy efficiency as a result of a partnership between UNDP and the Ministry of Steel. In doing so, they are demonstrating that the industry can become more energy efficient, more environmentally conscious and more profitable. Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, UNDP visited one such success story in Jaipur, Rajasthan and saw first-hand how the company has innovated to improve productivity and reduce specific fuel consumption.  




Rolling in Profits: A Reference Manual on Energy-Efficient Technologies and Practices for Profitable Steel Rolling
The ready-reference publication provides information on various technologies that could make steel rolling in India energy efficient and even reduce the cost of energy consumption, making it cost effective.


Compendium of Energy Efficient Technology Measures for Electric Induction Furnace (EIF) Sector
The compendium contains selected list of energy efficient technology packages and practices that will help in improving the energy efficiency in secondary steel electric induction furnace (EIF) units. 


Energy Efficient Technology Packages
The report highlights different energy-efficient technology packages that will enable steel re-rolling mills to reduce their specific energy consumptions and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.


Contributing to Energy Saving: Recognition to UNDP

Contributing to Energy Saving: Recognition to UNDP
28 June 2014 - S.N. Srinivas, Programmme Officer with UNDP India has been awarded the Hitech’s 2014 India’s Leading Energy Saving Expert Award for his contribution to energy saving in the steel sector. The Award was presented by HITEC India, a non-profit organization that aims to promote IT solutions, next generation networks and enabled services to India. The Awards recognize experts across industrial sectors that have made a significant contribution to using technologies to address the complex problems facing industry and Government in India. 

Press Releases

Launch of Project ‘Upscaling Energy Efficient Production in Small Scale Steel Industry in India’

Improved Energy Efficiency in Steel Re-rolling Sector Results in Higher Profits and more Jobs
25 November 2013, New Delhi - Recognizing the success of a Ministry of Steel partnership with UNDP in helping small-scale steel re-rolling units reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent, a new project will expand this partnership across the country. The scale-up is being supported by the Ministry of Steel, UNDP and the Australian Agency for International Development.  

In the News

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
June 2013
Estimated End Date:
June 2015
Geographic Coverage:
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Goal 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
S N Srinivas
Ministry of Steel, Government of India; AusAid
  • The project aims to upscale energy efficient interventions in the sub-sectors of the steel re-rolling mills
  • Support will be provided to generate awareness in the sector about energy efficiency intervention
  • Interventions in 300 units are expected to save USD 20-25 million annually in energy costs
  • Energy efficient technologies will also be piloted in five units in other sub-sector of small scale steel industry such as the Induction furnace units  

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Sustainable Paradigms: Re-imagining Steel Re-rolling in India

India is one of the largest producers of steel in the world. Watch how a technology-led intervention by the Ministry of Steel and UNDP has enabled steel re-rolling mills in the country to reduce their energy consumption and cut greenhouse emissions by up to 30 percent.

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GA Drawings for Energy Efficient Reheating Furnace

The documents contain general arrangement engineering drawings for typical energy efficient reheating furnace for small scale steel re-rolling mill with three different fuel variants viz. pulverized coal, furnace oil and coal based producer gas. The purpose of presenting these drawings is to given an idea of energy efficiency aspects in re-heating furnace and motivate them to adopt energy efficiency measures in their steel mills.