News: The Ministry of Power has launched “Energy Efficiency Enterprise (E3) Certifications Programme for the Brick Manufacturing Sector”. The E3 Certification Scheme is aimed at tapping huge energy efficiency potential in this sector.
Energy Efficiency Enterprise (E3) Certifications Programme:
- E3 certification is an accreditation process focused on the Brick industry. The certification will be provided by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
- It is an initiative to recognise burnt clay brick manufacturers who adopt energy-efficient manufacturing and encourage customers to source bricks from such E3 certified manufacturing units.
- It will be awarded to Brick Manufacturing Enterprises that meet the minimum Specific Energy Consumption (SECVol) performance criteria specified in the Scheme.
- It is a shift from conventional to efficient technologies and product shift to wards low density bricks with better thermal insulation.
- The adoption of the E3 Certification is currently voluntary for the Brick industry.
Advantages of E3 Certification:
- The implementation of E3 Certification will lead to multiple benefits:
- Energy savings in the brick manufacturing process with improved quality of bricks and cost savings to builders.
- Energy savings to occupiers of buildings due to better thermal comfort and improved insulation properties.
- Energy saving of 7 Million Tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) per year and CO, savings of about 25 Million Tonnes by 2030 are estimated through adoption of E3 Certification by 7500 Bricks manufacturing units.
- Modernization of Sector: The Scheme seeks to accelerate brick sector modernization, using market incentives to create customer demand to fulfil the vision for Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
- ECBC Compliance: Energy efficient bricks will be useful in complying with the requirements of Energy Conservation Buildings Code (ECBC).
Brick Manufacturing Sector:
- The brick sector contributes nearly 0.7% to the country’s GDP, offers seasonal employment generation to over 1 crore workers, and has a strong influence on other economic sectors such as transportation and construction.
- India is the world’s second largest producer of brick sand this demand is expected to multiply three to four times over the next 20 years, through the E3 Certification program.
- The brick manufacturing industry consumes about 45-50 million tonnes of coal equivalent annually, amounting to 5-15% of the total energy consumption in the country.
- The brick sector has the second largest potential for energy efficiency amongst the Indian industrial sector after steel and more than cement.