Telangana constructs energy efficient buildings

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5 June 2018

The southern state of Telangana - the first Under2 Coalition member from India, is a major global information technology hub and has one of the 20 largest metropolitan areas of India. Despite rapid urbanization in the recent years, Telangana’s capital Hyderabad and other cities are yet to experience significant growth in construction.

Studies report that two-thirds of the buildings that will exist in Indian cities by 2030, are yet to be built, highlighting a significant opportunity for energy saving by constructing energy efficient buildings. A Global Building Performance Network study found that buildings account for around 35% of India’s energy consumption.

Recognizing this opportunity to save energy in new buildings, India’s central Ministry of Power’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2007, as a minimum standard for energy efficiency in buildings. Seven Indian states have adopted and notified the code since it was first launched but compliance has been underwhelming. In 2017, Telangana became the first Indian state to embed the ECBC into its building approval system, thereby ensuring widespread compliance and guaranteed energy savings.

The case study is part of a series from our Policy Action work, which aims to accelerate the pace of climate policy development and adoption in states and regions. To see more innovative climate policies from around the world, check out our Under2 Policy Action Map.

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