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INDIA REDUCES ENERGY INTENSITY OF OUR ECONOMY

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 India has pledged in COP-21 that we will bring down energy intensity of economy by 33 to 35% compared to 2005 levels by 2030. Now, with our energy efficiency initiatives India has already reduced the energy intensity of economy by 20% compared to 2005 levels

Details:

The findings of the report reflect that implementation of various energy efficiency schemes have led to total electricity savings to the tune of 113.16 Billion Units in 2018-19, which is 9.39% of the net electricity consumption.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency:

  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) was established in March 2002, as a statutory body by the Government of India under the Energy Conservation Act 2001
  • It is responsible for spearheading the improvement of energy efficiency of the economy through various regulatory and promotional instruments.
  • The primary goal of BEE is to reduce the energy intensity in the Indian economy.

BEE- Star Rating Programme

The Star Labelling Programs has been formulated by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for improving energy efficiency and lowering energy cost of appliances/equipment for the consumers.

What is BEE Star Rating?

  • Energy ‘labelling’ is one of the most cost effective policy tools for improving energy efficiency and lowering energy cost of appliances/equipment for the consumers.
  • Star ratings are provided to all the major kind of appliances in the form of labels.
  • These star ratings are given between 1- 5 and they provide a basic sense of how energy efficient each product is, just in a single glance.
  • The manufacturers are officially required to put these labels as per the Standards and Labelling Program introduced in 2006.
  • Appliances which need to have an energy rating label mandatorily: Frost-free refrigerator, Tubular Fluorescent Lamps, Room Air-Conditioners, Distribution Transformer, Colour TV, CST AC, Direct Cool Refrigerator and Electric Geyser.
  • BEE expanded the coverage of its star labelling programme by including energy efficient Deep freezer and Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC). With this inclusion BEE will cover 26 appliances.
  • Deep freezer and Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC) are major energy guzzlers in commercial space.

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