National Energy Conservation awards (NECA) 2020 | UPSC

National Energy Conservation awards (NECA) 2020 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Indian Railways bags 13 awards at the ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’

      WHY IN NEWS:

These awards have been given to Indian Railways’ zones and workshops for significant improvements in energy conservation by adopting various measures to promote energy efficiency

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Railways
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Awards

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NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION AWARDS (NECA) 2020

AIM

  • The Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched a scheme in 1991.
  • The aim was to give national recognition through awards to industries and establishments that have taken special efforts to reduce energy consumption while maintaining their production.

The award recognizes the efforts of various industrial units / establishments / organizations who have achieved efficient utilization and conservation of energy

FOCUS

The objective to celebrate the National Energy Conservation Day is to drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation.

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ACTIVITIES TAKEN UP

  • BEE recognizes and encourages endeavours of industries in reducing energy consumption by felicitating them with National Energy Conservation Awards.
  • BEE also awards prizes to the national winners of the annual National Painting Competition on Energy Conservation.

THE AWARDS

  • The annual energy conservation awards recognize innovation and achievements in energy conservation.
  • The award is given to the industries, buildings, zonal railways, state designated agencies.

Energy conservation plays a big part in India’s response to reducing global warming through energy savings.

  • The scheme has motivated industry and other establishment to adopt energy efficiency measures.

Electrical energy savings is calculated in terms of equivalent avoided capacity (mw) per year by the participating units through implementation of energy saving projects.

BACKGROUND

  • The awards were given away for the first time on December 14, 1991, which was declared as the `National Energy Conservation Day’.
  • These awards are given by eminent dignitaries holding very high positions in the Government of India in a function organized on 14th December every year.
  • In line with the previous years, the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, has decided to organize the “National Energy Conservation Award 2020”.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • These awards have been given to Indian Railways’ zones and workshops for significant improvements in energy conservation by adopting various measures to promote energy efficiency.
  • Indian Railways is committed to improve performance towards energy efficiency and clean environment in the coming years.
  • The National Energy Conservation Day is being celebrated every year on December 14 since 1991.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power spearheads the celebrations every year

  • The Ministry of Power has launched the National Awareness Campaign in order to promote energy conservation in the country.
  • Painting competition for students at the School, State and at National level has been included as one of the activities of the campaign.
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