The India office of IIP launched a project to customize and adapt an Assessment to Action (A2A) tool for the Indian Fertilizer industry, focusing on ammonia production. A2A is a pre audit tool that takes a benchmarking approach to help companies gain a better understanding of their energy consumption with a view to reduce their energy use and enhance competitiveness. The India initiative carries forward the learning from China, where IIP first developed and piloted this tool.
The inception meeting for this project was held from 14th to 16th December 2011, with active and wholehearted participation of all the project partners namely; Fertilizer Association of India, National Productivity Council, ICF Marbek, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and IIP. A brainstorming session was organized with select industry members on 16th December to incorporate the industry concerns/feedback in the project design.
Some salient features of the India initiative is presented below, which not only attempts to take the tool to its next level but also extending it further in coming out with a basket of bankable projects for the Indian Fertilizer industry which would then be of great value to the sector and to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Government of India, in meeting the energy efficiency targets that are to be announced shortly under the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme being implemented by BEE.
- Modify the A2A tool so that final list of prioritized actions are based not only on energy saving potential (as is the case presently), but also on cost economics.
- Edit/fine tune the technical libraries-both for ammonia production as well as the generic one to meet the requirements of the Indian fertilizer industry
- Field test/validate the customized toolkit at two fertilizer plants in India.
- Take accompanying measures (energy audits and feasibility studies) to extend the output of the A2A tool in developing a basket of bankable project for the Indian fertilizer industry.