Farrokh Cooper, Chairman and MD, Cooper Corporation Pvt. Ltd, has played an important role in bringing this legislation on the ground, and making this once polluted industry greener.
Since the Modi government has completed one year, which is the ´structural reform´, that will change the course of the sector?
Primarily, as an industry player, I seek reforms in the transmission and distribution sectors. If we bring down the current T&D losses, which stands at 26 per cent, by around 10 per cent, we can save Rs 3 lakh crore worth of power. To be precise, by just investing in T&D reforms, India will save 55.5 GW annually, considering present generation capacity of ~276 GW. If T&D losses are to be brought within comfort levels, the State Electricity Boards (SEBs) need to be financially sound enough to carry out the reforms. The present government is working on reforms such as RAPDRP and building new inter-state transmission corridors, but one must understand that they have just completed one year, and have a mandate to serve India for another four years. The results of this year´s work will surely be beneficial in the longer term.
Will we see more green back power products in the Indian market thanks to the current CPCB II norms?
Look at it this way, when regulatory emission norms were tightened for the auto sector, regulatory car manufacturers complied without complaints. But people associated with the genset industry raised a noise about the reforms. This industry has very old equipments that have been running for 40-50 years, so they had to invest a lot in making new engines or updating existing ones to comply to the new norms, which they were reluctant to do.
The new CPCB II norms have a huge role in reducing emission. In fact, our CPCB II norms for smoke emissions are tighter than the Europeans´the limit in India is 4.5 and in Europe is 7.
There are 2 lakh gensets running throughout the country or being installed every year, can you imagine what is happening in Delhi? They are belching out smoke at such huge rates, due to which I think that the CPCB is a very good thing to have happened. Why shouldn´t we move with the world? Also, it is easier to export products when we have these norms in our portfolio.
Will these new norms affect the industry?
These norms were a long overdue notification because the emission levels in our country are high. We welcome its implementation as it is aimed at reducing pollution and creating a healthy environment. These norms have enabled us to not only reduce the cost of medical healthcare, but also take the much needed steps toward global standards.
We strongly believe that the latest CPCB II emission norm is a breakthrough legislation which will help India´s engines compete with those in Europe and America. It will have a positive impact on the genset industry in India, which is progressively moving towards cleaner and greener energy solutions.
With appropriate technology selection, the transition to CPCB-II is not only a transition to the latest emission regulation, but also to cleaner and more efficient technology.
Then why is the government not phasing out the older genset versions?
It requires a legislative push. The only challenge is an unorganised sector, which is making open gensets, which are neither emission compliant nor silent (they have no canopy).
They pose a challenge to regulators and manufacturing companies, as they are naturally much cheaper than the gensets with proper canopies and downs. It is here that the CPCB-II norms will bring Indian manufacturers above par with their global competitors.