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The  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the bilateral project was signed between the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Federation. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is the implementing agency on behalf of the MoP and while the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency in charge on behalf of the FDFA. The programme has developed long-term partnerships with specialized Swiss institutions/companies with key expertise in the fields of sustainable buildings, standards and norms, insulation material testing, and passive cooling applications.

Principal Partners

The Ministry of Power, Govt. of India is concerned with perspective planning, policy formulation, processing of projects for investment decision, monitoring of the implementation of power projects, training and manpower development and the administration and enactment of legislation in regard to thermal, hydro power generation, transmission and distribution. The Ministry of Power is responsible for the Administration of the Electricity Act, 2003, the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 and to undertake such amendments to these Acts, as may be necessary from time to time, in conformity with the Government’s policy objectives.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) was established in March 2002, as a statutory body by the Government of India under the Energy Conservation Act 2001. It coordinates with State level agencies and energy consumers to perform functions and exercise powers that may be necessary for efficient use of energy and its conservation in India. Bureau of Energy Efficiency is responsible for spearheading the improvement of energy efficiency of the economy through various regulatory and promotional instruments. The primary goal of BEE is to reduce the energy intensity in the Indian economy.

Implementation Partners

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been a partner of India for more than fifty years. Since 2011, SDC’s programme focuses specifically on the issue of climate change. It is part of SDC’s Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC), which actively engages in multilateral climate change policy processes, supports innovative climate change and mitigation projects in targeted partner countries and facilitates the generation and dissemination of knowledge.