Indo-German Energy Program (IGEN)
Policy measure

The Indo-German Energy Program (IGEN), which runs from 2003 to 2013, is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The lead executing agencies are the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Partners Electricity Authority (CEA) of the Ministry of Power (MoP) GTZ (2011).   

According to GTZ (2011), the overall objective of IGEN is to support the implementation of the national Energy Conservation Act, which intervenes positively in energy intensive, large industries, manufacturers of household appliances and industrial equipment and other areas. It aims to achieve greater energy efficiency in the generation and use of electricity, oil, gas, coal and renewable energy in all sectors of society, including industry, thus contributing to sustainable energy management and climate protection. The German Cooperation Agency (GTZ) and KfW Development Bank are the joint implementing agencies of IGEN.


The following activities have been initiated and are supported by the bilateral cooperation of local and international professional experts (GTZ, 2011): 

  • “Labeling of household appliances and energy intensive industrial equipment with respect to energy efficiency

  • Certification of energy managers and energy auditors

  • Setting of norms and standards for energy intensive industries

  • Transferring and promoting cutting-edge technology to reduce energy consumption

  • Promoting public-private partnerships to advance  awareness of the need to save energy

  • Operating one of the largest web portals ( on this subject in India.”

The GTZ (2011) presents the following numbers to emphasize the size and potential impact of the project:
  • “About 3,000 large energy-intensive industries falling under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act are under obligation to reduce energy consumption.

  • Over 23,000 manufacturers of household appliances (of which only about 110 are in the organized sector) and a workforce of one million are affected by the Act.

  • Over 600 industrial equipment manufacturers (of which 120 are from the organized sector) with a workforce of 500,000 are required to improve their technology to reduce energy consumption.”

No identified challenges.

According to GTZ (2011), the results achieved to date are:

  • “Over €400 million are invested annually in energy efficiency measures.

  • Annual energy cost savings of about €300 million are reported for these investments.

  • Indian certified emission reductions of more than €70 million are sold.

  • About 8,000 energy managers and energy auditors have taken the examination for certification over the past three years.

  • Relevant rules and regulations have been developed and implemented.

  • About 700 energy intensive and large industries have been asked to reduce energy consumption in a financially attractive and technically viable manner.

  • 28 state designated agencies (SDA), and seven from the Union Territories  have been formed and are supported in the implementation of the Energy Conservation Act.

  • Regulations on labeling energy efficiency for various household appliances and energy-intensive equipment are at an advanced stage of implementation.

  • Over 500 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects have received host country approval and are in various stages of certification and registration.

  • The world's first baseline of carbon burning in the Indian power sector has been pre-pared and institutionalized.

  • Mapping and performance verification of all Indian thermal power plants in the public sector has begun.”


GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), 2011. Indo-German Energy Programme. Available at: