About the Project

The project

ACE:E2 (Adoption, Compliance, Enforcement for Energy Efficiency) is one of the three CECI’s implementation branches. “Clean Energy Cooperation with India (CECI)” aims at enhancing India’s capacity to deploy low carbon energy production and improve energy efficiency, thereby contributing to the mitigation of global climate change. CECI activities will support India’s efforts to secure the supply of energy and thus contribute to global energy security, within a well-established framework for strategic energy cooperation between the EU and India.

The ACE:E2 project focuses on buildings and especially on adoption, enforcement and compliance of the ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) in India through facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technological know-how from the EU experience in the sector and its adaptability to the Indian context, also through the involvement of the European businesses in the energy technologies sector and by fostering their cooperation with Indian actors.

Initially, the ACE:E2 project was addressed to four states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar). Although the main work of the project is still carried out in those four states, the project’s scope was expanded to cover the whole India through regional and national workshops, reports that can facilitate other states towards enforcement of ECBC, as well as by reinforcing actions that enable the EU-India communication and knowledge transfer.

The main expected outputs from the project include the following:

Output 1: Energy efficiency legislation for the building sector is adopted, notified and implemented in the 4 targeted states.

Output 2: Design studies to retrofit/construct at least eight (8) existing/new buildings, according to very high energy efficiency requirements.

Output 3: Capacity developed at the state level to continue the implementation of the ECBC.

Output 4: Setting up of implementation forum and 4 regional and 2 national workshops to disseminate best practices of energy efficiency legislation in the building sector.

Output 5: Dissemination/showcasing of EU technical solutions to energy efficient buildings.

EXERGIA is an independent firm of consultants operating internationally in the fields of energy and environment, member of SESMA, the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Companies (Greek branch of FEACO). It was founded in 1991 and maintains since then a rapid growth rate through expansion of its client base and of its activities. Having been involved in a large number of significant sustainable energy projects worldwide, EXERGIA is established among the top energy consulting companies. The wide scope of company’s projects ranges from consultancy to European Union and state policy and strategy formulation up to energy/environmental audits and feasibility studies for private clients.

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Experience and know-how built up over the years have made the company capable of handling a wide range of projects and guarantee a multidisciplinary approach tailored to meet the client’s requirements. EXERGIA provides advice, expertise and technical consultancy on the following topics:

  • Energy Policy and Strategy formulation at local, regional (intra-national and international) and national level, including the assessment of energy demand and supply development, energy modelling, formulation of action plans, etc.
  • Advice to governmental/regulatory authorities on technical, organizational, institutional and legislative aspects on implementation of energy and environmental strategies and policies.
  • Support to all energy market actors, including regulatory authorities, operators, services, utilities and IPPs to operate and develop their business within liberalized energy markets.
  • Promotion and support of market uptake of modern energy and environmental technologies
  • Identification, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of measures and programmes in all sectors on Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Climate Change
  • Diagnosis, auditing, project solutions and management support to industrial clients and commercial clients on the application of modern energy and environmental technologies that result in higher energy efficiency and compliance to environmental conditions.
  • Feasibility studies and techno-economic analyses for significant energy and environmental projects to be financed by international donors and banks.
  • Support on publicity issues including information campaigns, promotion activities and training on energy and environmental issues.

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PwC is the oldest and largest professional services firm, with a presence of over 130 years. The firm has leveraged the huge international network and experience to provide solutions to challenges associated with the evolving trend of globalization. With a global outlook and local knowledge of culture, laws and business needs, PwC has been able to help clients in India make the most of the changing market scenario. PwC has a diverse set of professionals and the competence & experience of our staff is one of the many factors, which distinguish PwC from its competitors. All our professional staff has skill-sets and expertise across functional areas, which are constantly upgraded through mandatory training programs.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers network entities in India offer a comprehensive portfolio of Advisory, Assurance and Tax & Regulatory services; each, in turn, presents a basket of finely defined deliverables. Advisory assists brand defining global and local clients and governments to design, manage and execute lasting change, and deal with the unexpected. Advisory addresses our clients’ issues through the Deals and Consulting businesses based on trusted relationships, deep industry knowledge and experience. Advisory Deals and Consulting businesses operate in India through four strategic business units, Financial Advisory Services, Performance Improvement Consulting, Government Reforms and Infrastructure Development and Internal Audit Services. An overview of each of these business units is provided next.

  • Financial Advisory Services

Financial Advisory Services offers dedicated services across the deal continuum including advisory on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs, strategic alliances and expertise in reaching out to global capital markets. This includes financial due diligence, corporate finance, business recovery/ restructuring, post deal services, valuations, strategy, sustainability and investigations.

  • Consulting

Consulting provides services to clients in revenue growth, operational process (supply chain, finance function) improvement, information technology strategy and implementation, people & change management, governance, risk & compliance, deal value, shared services and outsourcing.

  • Internal Audit Services

Internal Audit Services helps clients enhance value and meet shareholders expectations by providing independent risk and controls assurance and by assisting management in mitigating business risks by establishing robust internal control and regulatory compliance mechanisms.

  • Government Reforms and Infrastructure Development (GRID)

GRID is the SBU of PricewaterhouseCoopers India which advises Governments and Private sector clients on issues like policy, regulation and reforms & restructuring aspects in the Energy Sector as well as on SEZs, Urban planning and other infrastructure & development areas.

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Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) focuses on understanding, designing, planning, constructing and managing human habitats. Its teaching programmes build thoughtful professionals and its research programmes deepen understanding of human settlements.

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CEPT University also undertakes advisory projects to further strengthen the goal of making habitats more liveable.

The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Government of India recognizes the University, as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO). The University comprises five faculties.

CEPT Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science & Energy (CARBSE)

The Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science & Energy (CARBSE), at CEPT University aims at providing an impetus for advancement in building energy and resource management at large. Its objective is to carry out in depth research in the fields of energy-efficient buildings design and building construction process, environment friendly construction materials and resource audit & management.

CARBSE has established a building energy performance characterization laboratory, which helps to characterize thermo physical, hydro and optical properties of building materials and components. CARBSE has expertise in buildings and city level energy models, its calibration, thermal comfort, HVAC studies, building controls and management.

CARBSE offers its research and development services in following areas:

  • Characterization of thermo physical, hydrothermal, and optical properties of building materials and components.
  • Building and city level energy modelling and simulation.
  • Net Zero building design assistance.
  • Advanced building performance analysis, diagnostics, and optimization.
  • Post-occupancy studies for thermal comfort improvement and satisfaction.
  • Technology incubation for Low Energy Cooling, Daylighting, Controls, and Communication.
  • Training and Capacity Building.

Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) has been awarded status of:

  • Centre for Excellence in Solar Passive Architecture – Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India
  • Centre for Excellence in Green Energy and Environment – Government of Gujarat
  • A Regional Energy Efficiency Centre for Buildings – USAID ECO-III Project
  • US India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development – Indo-US Science and Technology Forum.

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Main Beneficiary:

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India, Ministry of Energy

The Government of India set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The mission of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles, within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. This will be achieved with active participation of all stakeholders, resulting in accelerated and sustained adoption of energy efficiency in all sectors.

For more information, please visit BEE.

Governmental Level Beneficiaries:

Central Public Works Department

Through the professional expertise in disciplines including Architecture, Engineering, Project Management coupled with comprehensive experience in building construction and maintenance CPWD has been serving the nation for last 162 years and has executed priority of works in difficult and demanding geographical and climatic conditions. It has now grown into a comprehensive construction management department, which provides services from project concept to completion, consultancy and maintenance management. It is headed by DG who is also the Principal Technical Advisor to the Government of India. The regions and sub-regions are headed by Special DGs and Additional DGs respectively, while the zones in all state capitals (except a few) are headed by Chief Engineers.

For more information, please visit CPWD.

Council of Architecture (COA)

The Council of Architecture (COA) has been constituted by the Government of India under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India, which came into force on 1st September, 1972. The Act provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications and standards of practice to be complied with by the practicing architects. The Council of Architecture is charged with the responsibility to regulate the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects. For this purpose, the Government of India has framed Rules and Council of Architecture has framed Regulations as provided for in the Architects Act, with the approval of Government of India.

For more information, please visit COA.

State Level Beneficiaries:


Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA, Maharashtra)

Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) is registered as a society under Societies Registration Act, 1860 (in 1985) and Bombay Public Trust, 1950 (in 1987) under the aegis of MNRE, Gol. MEDA provides assistance to state and central government to promote and develop new and renewable sources of energy and technologies and to promote and implement energy conservation. It is also working as State Nodal Agency in renewable energy sector and state designated agency in energy conservation sector and is committed to explore the resources such as Wind, Bagasse Cogen, Hydro, Biomass, Geothermal, Wave which are clean and eco-friendly in nature.

For more information, please visit MEDA.

Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL, Madhya Pradesh)

The Corporation has a large technically trained manpower well versed in energy audit studies as well as consultancy studies for total energy management for client industries. MPUVNL not only conducts energy audits for suggesting ways of saving on conventional power but also does feasibility studies for the uses of non-conventional energy in industry make pre-feasibility reports for actually setting up non-conventional power projects. MPUVNL is the only such agency in the country having a full-fledged Energy Management Cell-setup exclusively for this purpose. To date energy studies have been completed for over 230 private industries in the state.

For more information, please visit MPUVNL.


Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA, Odisha)

The mission of BDA is the preparation of Comprehensive Development Plan, Interim Development Plan and Zonal Development Plan; Preparation of Area Development Plan & Town Planning Schemes; Development of Housing & Urban Infrastructure to increase livability of the city; Ensure environmental development in the urban Diaspora; Reduce encroachment of Govt. lands and ensure adherence to Planning & Building regulations; Create land bank for effective Urban Development; Ensure slum Redevelopment; Provision of affordable Housing.

For more information, please visit BDA.

State Urban Development Agency (SUDA, Odisha)


The Eight Plan Policy guideline envisaged integrated approach for alleviation Urban Poverty and servicing the urban poor with basic facilities so that quality of life improves. Keeping in view the strategy of the 8th Plan, and the revised guidelines communicated by Government of India in Ministry of Urban Development, the State Government constituted State Urban Development Agency vide Resolution No. 47588/HUD, dt. 20.12.1990 with the following objective: To restructure and strengthen the benefit delivery system through effective design of schemes bringing about structural changes in the existing organizational set up integrating the process of planning, implementation and evaluation.

For more information, please visit SUDA.

Works Department (Government of Odisha)

This is the Head of Department office and functioning under Government of Odisha, Works Department. The Engineer-in-Chief (Civil) is the head of the Organization. Three Chief Engineers designated as Chief Engineer, (DPI & Roads), Chief Engineer (Buildings) and Chief Engineer (World Bank) are functioning under the Office along with Chief Manager (Technical) and Chief Engineer (Design). This Organization is mainly looking after the construction and maintenance works of P.W.D. Roads, Buildings and Bridges etc. This office is also issuing contract license and also empanelling the names of the diploma engineers of all discipline for providing jobs to the unemployed diploma engineers.

For more information, please visit PWD.


Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA, Bihar)

Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency, has been established to promote development of schemes on non- conventional energy sources. It has been nominated as nodal agency to carry out the remote village electrification program. The State Govt. provides plan funds to BREDA for expenditure on subsidies for the schemes and also for the expenditures on establishment. BREDA is one of the premier organizations and has been working in the field of renewable energy development and energy conservation and is registered under society registration 1860 act in 1987.

For more information, please visit BREDA.

Urban Development & Housing Department, Government of Bihar

The Urban Development department allocates resources to the State Governments through various Centrally Sponsored schemes, provides finances through national financial institutions and supports various external assistance programmes for housing and urban development in the country as a whole. Policies and programme contents are decided at the time of formulation of Five Year Plans. The indirect effect of the fiscal, economic and industrial location decisions of the Govt. of India exercise a far more dominant influence on the pattern of urbanization and real estate investment in the country.

For more information, please visit Municipal Corporation.

List of Stakeholders:

  • Developers/Owner
  • Engineers/Architects
  • Electricity Distribution Companies
  • Material & Equipment suppliers
  • ECBC Assessor/Auditors/Trainers

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