[pib] RAISE Initiative


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : RAISE initiative

Mains level : Paper 3-Energy efficiency and safety

The Ministry of Power has launches Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE) – a joint initiative of EESL and USAID.

Possible prelims question:
Q. The MAITREE programme recently seen in news is related to:
Trade/Energy Efficiency/Climate Change/ Strategic Relations

RAISE Initiative

  • It aims to ensure cleaner and greener office spaces in the country.
  • This is a part of the larger initiative developed for healthy and energy-efficient buildings, in partnership with US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) MAITREE programme.


  • Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of COVID pandemic.
  • As people return to their offices and public spaces, maintaining good indoor air quality is essential for occupant comfort, well-being, productivity and overall public health, the statement noted.

About MAITREE programme

  • The Market Integration and Transformation Program for Energy Efficiency (MAITREE) is a part of the US-India bilateral Partnership between the Ministry of Power and USAID.
  • It is aimed at accelerating the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency as a standard practice within buildings and specifically focuses on cooling.

Back2Basics: EESL

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency.
  • It is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country.
  • EESL aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder.

About USAID:

  • USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.

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