New Delhi: Energy efficiency labels would become mandatory for makers of appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners from the next year. The one to five-star labelling system for so-called white goods has so far been voluntary.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), an arm of the ministry of power set up in 2002, has proposed making the labels compulsory in line with the principle that energy saved is energy generated.
According to a report by the bureau, which has been verified by the National Productivity Council, electricity savings of 3731.5 million units and fuel savings equal to 1.7 million tonnes of oil have resulted from BEE’s energy efficiency programmes. The saved electricity also implies that 623MW of power generation was avoided.
Stricter norms: Power secretary Anil Razdan. Vipin Kumar / HT
“If we have the choice of saving generation then we should exercise that choice with the same alacrity as we do supply-side management,” said Anil Razdan, secretary in the ministry of power.
BEE’s standards and labelling programme, applied to white goods such as refrigerators and air conditioners, helped avoid about 260MW of electricity generation. The labelling of such appliances was started in 2006, but remained voluntary for companies to adopt.
Almost 70% of refrigerator and air conditioner manufacturers have already adopted the labelling scheme on a voluntary basis although the percentage of labelled air conditioners in the market is very low, according to the bureau.
The ministry of power and BEE are pushing more schemes such as auto fuel efficiency standards to further reduce India’s energy intensity, said Razdan.