Innovative Projects

 

Innovative Business Opportunities

in Domestic & Commercial Sector

Introduction

The domestic and commercial sectors are the largest group of energy and resources consuming sectors both in terms of numbers as well as quantity. Both sectors are growing at a very alarming rate with increased electrification, use of personal transport, better living standards, urbanization and economic activities.

While the growth is necessary and welcome for the economy, the fact remains that both sectors happen to be a bit in-efficient as far as the use of energy and resources is concerned.. Despite media campaigns by various agencies to create awareness about measures to be adopted for efficiency and conservation, people are not really aware how to implement such measures in their homes and work places. Questions like- what exactly is needed to be done, what gadget is to be bought, what are the makes available and how much they cost and how much savings will be realized remain unanswered. Hence, there is a basic need to take awareness level to implementation stage in every household and commercial establishment.

Further, there are people who would like to invest in switching over to energy efficient gadgets/appliances but due to lack of time at their disposal and unavailability of trained manpower they are not able to do so. Like supply chains which exists and works in an organised manner to ensure almost uninterrupted supplies of any commodity, an ‘energy efficiency and conservation chain’ needs to be created for Demand Side Management.

In addition to the several products already in the market there is an acute need for introduction of innovative measures to promote ‘Sustainable’ living. In the following paragrphs we bring to you 12 innovative ideas which have the potential for conversion into huge business opportunities.

Idea-1

Commercial Car Pool Service (CDM Project)

Not public transport but shared car pooling done on a strictly commercial basis could be the answer to avoid traffic jams and save our national energy bill. Nobody needs to do rocket science to know that in India it is the lack of effective mass transport system that has given rise to millions of private vehicles on the road. Energy consumed per passenger kilometer by a car can be as high as six times that of a bus.

The rapid increase in fuel cost is increasing our petroleum import bill. In such a scenario public transport seems to be the answer but this is not a very cost effective for the nation. Instead, we should attempt to utilise the personal vehicles to increase the low occupancy rate and reduce energy intensity in these vehicles.  It is possible to create a system by which personal cars could be put to better use with the introduction of ‘Commercial Car Pool Service’.

Almost all of us have tried car pooling with colleagues. But such car pooling has its own well-known limitations due to which it has not found favour with most of us.

We often travel alone, which is not only expensive but also unsafe. Many a times, we are travelling to distant places all on our own. Ideally, we would have preferred known company who could also share the petrol expenses! Almost at the same time another person is also travelling alone in the same direction. But both are unaware about each other’s programme. Similarly, within the city we are all travelling everyday in the same direction without a chance to share our vehicles.

The lack of information forces us to use our own vehicle which not only increases personal expenses on petrol but also increases vehicular traffic on the road leading to pollution and traffic jams and increase in travel time.

How it can be done?

Thanks to IT revolution and mobile telephone services, it is now possible to start a “Commercial Car Pool Service”. It will operate like this:

Initial awareness will be created about the service and tariff for the services will be fixed.

Those who are interested to avail the service — to give and take lift — will be asked to submit their normal travel routes and travel destinations. The members shall give an undertaking that at least for 4 Days in week they will take lift and 1 day they will give lift. Other 2 days will be optional. The service provider will thoroughly check the credentials of the members before admitting them.

Pick-up points (like bus stops) will be identified. With due approval from the authorities, Kiosks will be set up at various locations. The Service provider will guarantee the lift within 5-10 minutes of reporting to the Kiosk.

The most interesting spin-off is that people initially unknown to each other will have a chance to meet for personal and business alliances! Other benefit to members includes reduced fuel bill, reduced maintenance cost of the vehicle, reduced stress, ready help in case of breakdown/flat tyre and so on..

The biggest benefit is to the country with reduction in fuel import bill, increased employment potential and reduced road congestion and pollution.

Idea-2

Local Environment Protection Agency (CDM Project)

The environment of our cities is rapidly deteriorating. The ever-increasing human and vehicular population is making life tougher in cities day by day. Of all the environmental problems which affect the residents, the problems connected with the management of solid and liquid wastes are of very serious nature. These persist despite the serious efforts made by the authorities concerned. Local bodies and NGOs both have not been successful in providing the best solution for these problems.

A close look at the functioning of the municipal corporations and the NGOs will reveal that the shortage & mismanagement of funds are the main reasons for the non-performance of these bodies.

The municipal corporations spend most of their money in distributing salaries to the staff and for the upkeep of vehicles and buildings. The NGOs are also required to pay salaries to their staff and the workers.

The solution lies in recognizing the fact that today’s society is highly individualistic and self interest is of prime concern in everybody’s mind. Commercialisation is the order of the day and almost everything including health and education have been commercialised. Then why not commercialise the activity of protection of the environment? If it becomes a business opportunity, then there will be many persons who will be willing to invest money to take care of the environmental problems. This concept can be popularized by promoting Local Environment Protection Agencies (LEPAs) in some of the residential areas in each city and bigger towns of the country.

The LEPA can also be involved with the activities of planting and protection of trees, green belts and development of water bodies etc. Besides, they can be utilised for water harvesting & recycling, backyard/rooftop vegetables gardening, cleaning of roads, garbage issues, and such other activities. The agency can also provide services to promote recycling and reuse of household gadgets and items of daily use.

The scope of the services can be extended to spheres of urban life that affect the socio-political environment and the LEPA can act as a watchdog for untoward incidents and acts of terrorism, etc.

Market potential

With the ever-increasing urbanisation and privatisation of the housing sector, everyday new projects are announced by the builders and colonisers. Further, there are group housing cooperative societies and other schemes coming up in every corner of our cities and towns, Thus there is a huge potential for starting a Local Environment Protection Agency which can offer complete services on a turnkey basis.

With proper marketing of the concept, local municipal corporations can be convinced about the need to hire the services of LEPAs in order to optimize their resources. The concerned local urban bodies can be approached with such proposals.

Idea-3

Green Malls/ Green Shops

Due to increased awareness about the need and benefits of sustainable ways of living the demand for environment friendly products and services is increasing every day. However, there is a huge supply gap to effectively meet the demand.

Thanks to the campaigns on the effects of Climate Change and its likely adverse effects, more and more people and corporate business houses are getting interested in adopting measures to mitigate the bad effects of the climate related problems.

Despite the massive awareness level, there are several issues yet to be sorted out about successful adoption of green practices. The availability of genuine products and missing marketing and after sales network for ‘Green Products’ are some of the issues which need to be addressed.

In order to stream line the availability of all green products and services, we need to have a regular supply chain of such products and services in place. Hence, there is an urgent need of setting up of ‘Green Malls’/’Green Shops’ all over the world where all the eco-friendly products, consumer items, etc could be made available at one place.

The ‘Green Malls’ will have facilities for exhibition/training g/conference halls etc. for demonstration, and awareness/education programmes. Needless to say that ‘Green Malls’/’Green Shops’ would be constructed on the principles of ‘Sustainable Buildings’.

Idea-4

Green Ashrams

Today’s hectic and un-natural life style is full of stress and all of us wish to spend some time with the nature and how to live in harmony with the nature. Many of us would even want to spend rest of our life in an environment where we get peace of mind.

“Green Ashrams’ would be designed on the principle of sustainable development and would help in ‘Eco –Tourism’ and the development of surrounding places.

“Green Ashrams’ would be planned in Villages and would also help the surrounding villages in getting maximum benefits from Government Schemes. Thus, the Nature Lovers would not only get to live with the nature but also get a chance to serve the under-privileged.

The ‘Green Ashrams’ would also have demonstration and training facilities for the public to learn and replicate the green practices.

The concept would finally lead to development of sustainable habitat and help mitigate the threats due to the climate changes.

Idea-5

Electricity Saving Incentive Scheme (Potential CDM Project)

There are schemes to encourage small monetary savings by which we are able to collect huge amount of money at low interest rates. These schemes not only encourage saving habits but also provide employment opportunities. There is a Directorate of Small Savings in each state which co-ordinates implementation of such schemes and gives cash prizes to those who deposit their savings in these schemes. In line with cash saving schemes, there is a need of incentive scheme to encourage electricity savings.

This scheme called “Electricity Saving Incentive Scheme”, shall be operated as follows:

Step-1 :          Application form for participation in the prescribed format with proof of last 12 months electricity consumption, (photocopy of first and last months’ electricity bills) shall be submitted by the participants.

Step-2    :        The Home Energy Audits by trained professional would be performed and ideas to save energy will be explained to the participant. The nominal charges for the audit would be borne by the participants.

Step-3   :         The participant will implement the recommendation with or without   the help of trained person.

Step-4   :         At the end of 1 year from the start date, average consumption will again be worked out with proofs of bills. The savings achieved will be calculated and depending on the savings achieved, suitable cash award will be recommended.

The savings realized could be verified by any one. The files containing supporting documents like electricity bills, details of energy saving items installed etc will be maintained.

The Incentive amount shall be paid out of the money earned from sale proceeds from implementation and CDM earnings.

(Idea Nos. 6 to 12 are explained on one to one meetings with the potential investors)

Idea-6

Manufacturing of Manually Operated/ Natural Appliances

Idea-7

Manufacturing of Building Integrated Solar Heating Systems

Idea-8

Manufacturing of Instant Coolers

Idea-9

Manufacturing of New Design Refrigerators

Idea-10

Manufacturing of Domestic Waste Processors

Idea-11

Publication of Monthly Magazine on “Green Living”

Idea-12

“I-TV” Channel for “Intelligent” People.

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