New Delhi: As parts of efforts to tackle climate change, the Centre is in the process of making eco-labelling mandatory on a string of electronic and other goods of daily use to make them environment-friendly and energy-efficient.
“By January 2010, four products — transformers, ACs, fluorescent lamps and refrigerators will have mandatory eco-labels,” environment minister Jairam Ramesh said during the launch of Energy Saving Programs by the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI).
He said that similarly by July next year, “we expect three more energy saving products electric motors, color TV and LPG stoves used as daily household items to have mandatory eco-labelling ensuring low carbon emissions.”
Stressing on the need for eco-friendly and clean technologies to mitigate the threat of climate change, Ramesh said that industry, particularly Information Technology which is the largest user of carbon emitter ACs, should come forward to cut down its carbon prints.
While maintaining that India would not take any binding cuts on carbon emission, the minister said $100 million proposal announced by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown for developing nations to deal with the challenge of climate change was not sufficient.
“The problem is alarming. More funds are needed. Also there is a need for changes in the International Property Rights (IPR) for easy and quick transfer of technology from the developed nations to developing countries,” Ramesh added.