Power Minister launches programme to improve indoor air quality

• Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of public sector undertakings, has launched a national programme to improve indoor air quality.

• An official statement said that the initiative is called the Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE) national programme.

Key objectives:

• Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

• As people return to their offices and public spaces, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity and overall public health, the statement said.

RAISE initiative:

• RAISE initiative can potentially alleviate the issue of bad air quality in workspaces across the nation and pioneer ways to make them healthier and greener.

• EESL has undertaken a retrofit of its office air-conditioning and ventilation system. This is a part of the larger initiative to RAISE developed for healthy and energy efficient buildings, in partnership with US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE programme.

• The pilot focuses on improving indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort, and energy efficiency (EE) in EESL office’s air conditioning system.

Pilot project:

• As per EESL, the pilot project has shown about 80 percent improvement in Air Quality parameters with almost no implementation hassles.

• Considering employee’s occupational health and safety is paramount in any workplace amidst the Covid-19 scenario, EESL is keen to provide such solutions across the country with standardisation and demand aggregation approach.

• Singh also inaugurated India’s first public EV (Electric Vehicle) charging plaza in New Delhi. This plaza will host five EV chargers of different specifications.

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Mains Paper 3: Economy

Prelims level: Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Mains level: Key objectives of the program

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