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Transformation of India’s Fan Market


India’s fan market is undergoing a transformative evolution, driven by changes in policy and a growing commitment to sustainable energy practices.


GS III: Indian Economy

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Reasons for the Transformation of the Ceiling Fan Market in India
  2. Government Initiatives to Enhance Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency
  3. UJALA Programme: Revolutionizing Energy-Efficient Lighting
  4. The Way Forward for Enhancing Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency

Reasons for the Transformation of the Ceiling Fan Market in India

Sustainable Energy Commitment:

  • India’s strong commitment to transitioning to cleaner and sustainable energy sources is a primary catalyst for the transformation of the fan market.

Climate Change Awareness:

  • Growing awareness of climate change and its adverse effects is driving the need to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through more efficient appliances.

Emissions Reduction Goals:

  • India’s target to reduce harmful emissions per unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 45% by 2030 (relative to 2005 levels) necessitates energy-efficient solutions in various sectors, including the fan market.

Household Electricity Consumption:

  • Households in India account for nearly one-third of the country’s total electricity consumption, making energy efficiency in appliances like ceiling fans crucial for overall energy conservation.

Widespread Fan Usage:

  • A 2020 survey by the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) revealed that ceiling fans are used by 90% of households in India, making them a significant contributor to electricity consumption.

Growth in Fan Usage:

  • The India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) projects a significant increase in the number of fans in use in India, from approximately 500 million to a billion by 2038, highlighting the growing demand for energy-efficient cooling solutions.

Cooling Demand Reduction Goals:

  • The ICAP aims to reduce cooling demand across various sectors by 20-25% by 2037-38. The plan also targets a reduction in refrigerant demand by 25-30% and cooling energy requirements by 25-40% by 2037-38.

Regulatory Changes:

  • Mandatory star ratings for ceiling fans and regulatory alterations are incentivizing manufacturers to produce more energy-efficient fan models, further contributing to the transformation of the ceiling fan market.

Government Initiatives to Enhance Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency

Star Rating Program:
  • The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India’s energy efficiency regulator under the Union Ministry of Power, has implemented the Standards and Labelling (S&L) program, commonly known as the ‘star-rating’ program, which mandates the labeling of ceiling fans based on their energy efficiency.
  • This program informs consumers about a fan’s energy performance through star ratings, allowing them to make informed choices.
  • It serves as an incentive for manufacturers to produce more energy-efficient fans to achieve higher star ratings, promoting energy conservation.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL):
  • EESL is addressing the cost challenge of ‘5-star’ rated fans, which are typically more expensive than unrated fans.
  • EESL has planned a demand aggregation program aimed at selling 10 million ‘5-star’ ceiling fans at affordable prices.
  • This initiative mirrors the successful approach used for LED lamps under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Light Emitting Diode (LED) for All (UJALA) program, with the goal of transforming the ceiling fan market by making energy-efficient options more accessible to consumers.

UJALA Programme: Revolutionizing Energy-Efficient Lighting

Program Inception:

  • Launched in 2015 as the LED-based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
  • The primary objective is to promote efficient energy usage encompassing consumption, savings, and lighting.

Leadership by EESL:

  • Spearheaded by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a prominent agency in India’s energy efficiency initiatives.

World’s Largest Zero Subsidy Programme:

  • The UJALA program has evolved to become the world’s largest zero subsidy domestic lighting initiative.
  • It addresses critical concerns such as high electrification costs and the environmental impact of inefficient lighting practices.


  • Initially aimed to replace 77 million incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Price Reduction and Energy Savings:
  • A remarkable achievement was the significant reduction in the retail price of LED bulbs, dropping from INR 300-350 to an affordable INR 70-80, making energy-efficient lighting accessible to the masses.
  • The program has also yielded substantial energy savings, with a recorded annual energy savings of 47,778 million kWh as of January 5, 2022.

The Way Forward for Enhancing Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency

  • Technology-Agnostic Policy: Maintain a technology-agnostic policy that accommodates various fan technologies, recognizing their trade-offs and advantages.
  • Diverse Technologies under Single Framework: Allow manufacturers to offer different technologies under a single procurement framework, promoting healthy competition and cost-effectiveness.
  • Balance Price Reduction and Quality: Manage the balance between reducing fan prices and maintaining product quality to ensure long-term reliability and performance.
  • Avoid Quality Compromises: Be cautious of intense price pressure that could lead to the introduction of lower-quality fans with higher failure rates, as this can undermine consumer trust.
  • Market-Driven Pace: Allow market actors to determine the pace of price reduction, fostering consumer confidence in the adoption of new energy-efficient technology.
  • Domestic Manufacturing Capacity: Encourage the development of high-quality domestic manufacturing capacity for high-efficiency fans, creating jobs and supporting the domestic economy.
  • Economies of Scale: Leverage India’s vast domestic market to achieve economies of scale for fan products and components, making them more cost-effective.
  • Export Opportunities: Explore opportunities for fan exports to countries enforcing minimum energy performance standards, expanding market reach and export revenue.
  • Strengthen Standard and Labeling Program: Allocate resources to enhance the standard and labeling program to ensure the authenticity of energy performance labels, promoting transparency.
  • Market Monitoring: Utilize market monitoring powers to ensure that compliant products reach consumers, while non-compliant models are swiftly removed from the market.
  •  Lower Entry Barriers: Lower barriers to selling new energy-efficient fan models in the market, encouraging manufacturers to innovate and offer efficient options.

-Source: The Hindu

December 2023