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IAPMO-India, IIEC-India Sign Energy Conservation MoU

Recognizing the synergies available in the simultaneous promotion of green plumbing practices and energy efficiency and conservation, IAPMO-India and the International Institute for Energy Conservation ­ India (IIEC-India) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Together the organizations will promote energy and water efficiency and conservation by improving plumbing and pumping systems through pilot demonstration projects, policy interventions, regulatory mechanisms, financing mechanisms, public awareness and capacity building programs.

"The working relationship between these two forward thinking organizations will now be able to enhance the opportunities for the goals of the Government of India to have Green conservation and sustainable construction to be met and exceeded in the areas of safe, sanitary plumbing and Air Conditioning," said Megan Lehtonen, director of Business Development for IAPMO. "The most exciting aspect is that this is just the beginning."

"When IIEC, IAPMO-India, IPA and ISHRAE meet together to discuss the possibilities, the benefits that can result are almost endless. These activities will serve the people of India well for decades to come."

The MoU was signed in Pune, India, by Lehtonen and Dr. Nitin Pandit, president of IIEC, along with Subhash Deshpande, director of plumbing for IAPMO-India, and Ira Athale Prem, project manager for IIEC-India.

IAPMO-India and IIEC-India will work together to conceptualize the scope and scale of the joint programs at the nexus of energy and water conservation and efficiency, identify funding opportunities and develop a joint strategy for implementation.

"IIEC and IAPMO have considerable international expertise in promoting and implementing energy efficiency and green plumbing," Pandit said. "Our unique collaboration is targeted at addressing India¹s huge untapped potential in energy and water conservation."

IAPMO-India is an Indian Corporation established to develop and promote a uniform plumbing code in India. The organization is dedicated to advancing the most up to date methods of sanitation in India and to provide comprehensive education resources.

IAPMO-India and Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) have jointly published the Uniform Plumbing Code-India (UPC-I) and Green Plumbing Code Supplement-India (GPCS-I).

IAPMO-India and IPA have developed a comprehensive plumbing education curriculum to prepare multiple levels of professionals in India to understand, interpret, engage and apply the provisions of the UPC-I under the Plumbing Education to Employment Program (PEEP). The academic programs, namely the Plumbing Systems Design (PSD), Plumbing Construction Management
(PCM) and Plumbing Technology Program (PTP), developed under PEEP are based on the UPC-I.

GreenPlumbers India (GPI), a collaborative initiative of the IPA and IAPMO-India, is a national training and accreditation program that assists plumbing professionals in understanding their role in the environment and public health. The goal of GreenPlumbers India is to train and deploy a green army of thousands of plumbing professionals to promote the benefits of water conservation and the reduction of green house gas emissions.

IIEC-India is a Section 25 company registered in India and a subsidiary of IIEC, a reputed international non-governmental and not-for-profit organization with a mission to work through its offices in developing countries to accelerate the global adoption of energy efficiency and conservation, climate friendly transport and environmental policies, and modern technologies and practices to enable economic and environmentally sustainable development.

IIEC-India advises central, state and local governments, international donors, energy utilities, private industry, research and academic institutions, non-Governmental organizations and consumer organizations to develop approaches to scale up innovative energy efficiency and conservation programs in multi-disciplined sectors.

IIEC-India leverages international experience in the development of standards and labeling for energy efficient products, such as appliances and equipment, and for the built environment, including public, commercial, industrial and residential buildings. IIEC-India provides advisory services in the design and implementation of financial mechanisms and policies to scale up energy efficiency and conservation measures and programs.

IIEC-India has launched several energy efficiency and conservation programs, which include: inter alia, Mumbai Energy Alliance, Eco-housing India, BESCOM Efficient Lighting Program, Maharashtra Energy Conservation Action Plan and several energy utility demand side management programs.


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