A 'green division' in Delhi to reduce residents' carbon footprint

02 Jul 2019

A Model Green Division project by a discom in East Delhi's Mayur Vihar could reduce 2100 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Model Green Division

The concept of a Model Green Division is an extension of the concept of a green building. Conceptually, a 'green building' is one that optimises the use of water and energy, generates minimum waste, and maximises comfort for the building occupants by consuming minimum resources. The extension of the green building concept to a power distribution division (geographical area for the operational purpose of power distribution utility) implies optimum usage of water and energy, and minimum wastage of resources in all buildings located in the division.

This report details out the Model Green Division Project to be undertaken in New Delhi's Mayur Vihar Phase – I & II Division. BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) in association with TERI has been actively working on conceptualising and finding a way forward for the project. The Model Green Division Project will comprise conceptualisation and development of a series of measures, both utility-level and customer-oriented, to BYPL for minimising the impact on the environment.

Under utility-level measures, BYPL buildings falling under the project area's jurisdiction would be in focus and will be upgraded to green buildings. To reduce energy dependence and effectively reduce the carbon footprint, certain initiatives, such as replacement of electrical appliances in offices, installation of rooftop solar systems, introduction of electric vehicles for operational duties, rainwater harvesting and minimizing paper usage, have been envisaged.

Efforts would also be made to engage with customers to create awareness about energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, BYPL's existing initiatives and programmes and as a means to execute BYPL's corporate social responsibility initiatives. The proposed measures can potentially reduce carbon footprint to the tune of 2100 tonnes of CO2e per year.

The report was launched at a workshop on 'Green Initiatives in Discom perspective' at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi in the presence of PR Kumar, CEO, BYPL; Justice SS Chauhan, Chairman, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC); Atul Arya, Head, Enegy Systems Divsion, Panasonic India; Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, and Kanika Chawla, Director, Centre for Energy Finance, CEEW.

See full report here.