MORE EFFICIENT water and sewage pumping and street lighting facilities based on `clean development mechanism’ (CDM) that will lead to massive cut in electricity bills of municipal corporations in the State may soon become a reality, with the Environment Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) proposing twin projects in this direction.
EPCO will soon be making presentations to the 14 municipal corporations in the State regarding the twin projects that put emphasis on huge energy saving by using efficient pumping and street lighting facilities.
The State Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) will be facilitating the twin project and might soon sign an agreement with the EPCO in this regard, EPCO executive director Hari Ranjan Rao told Hindustan Times.
Preliminary talks in this regard was held between EPCO administration and the commissioner of UADD Malay Shrivastava during the course of the one-day workshop on `CDM: Planning and Implementation’ organised by EPCO on Saturday.
The most important aspect of the project is that they will be under the CDM regime and thus will have the potential of generating finances in the future in the form of tradable Certified Emission Reduction (CER). The reduction in the energy consumption brought about by the project will be translated into reduction in carbon dioxide emission.
One tonne of CO2 reduced is equivalent to one CER, which is at present tradable at the rate of five to six dollars in the international markets.
The projects will not only bring more efficacy to the pumping and street lighting facilities of the municipal corporations and bring about massive reduction in their energy bills, but will also bring them benefits of CDM as a bonus, Rao said.
Since the deadline for the approval of CDM projects is December 2007, the agencies will be ensuring that this major twin-project gets through at the earliest.
EPCO has already reached an agreement with the Delhi-based South Asia office of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to prepare the project design document (PDD) for the twin-project.
The idea is to repair (wherever possible) and replace pumps that consume a lot of power and are in general inefficient. Similarly newer innovations and technologies are to be used to have specific designs based on requirements for the street lighting.
More than 60 per cent electricity consumption of the municipal corporations is on these two aspects and replacement by energy efficient system would bring such considerable reduction in power bills that the initial investment by the local civic bodies would be recovered within three years, Rao expressed confidence.