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 World Environment Day 2023


World Environment Day, observed annually on June 5th, serves as a platform to raise awareness about environmental protection and sustainability.


GS III: Environment and Ecology

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  1. Details
  2. World Environment Day 2023
  3. E-Cooking: A Clean and Energy-Efficient Alternative
  4. Bureau of Energy Efficiency


  • To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), an international non-governmental organization, joined forces to host a conference titled “Consumer-Centric Approaches for E-cooking Transition” in New Delhi.
  • The primary objective of the conference was to expedite the adoption of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective e-cooking solutions throughout India.

World Environment Day 2023

Establishment and Hosting:

  • World Environment Day was established by the United Nations Assembly on June 5, 1972.
  • It is hosted by a different country each year.
  • India hosted the 45th celebration in 2018 with the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’
  • Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with the Netherlands, is hosting the 2023 World Environment Day.

50th Anniversary:

  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day.

Theme for 2023:

  • The theme is focused on solutions to plastic pollution.
  • The campaign is #BeatPlasticPollution.


  • Raise awareness about plastic pollution.
  • Mobilize communities to take action.
  • Encourage collaborative efforts to address plastic pollution.
  • Promote a healthier and more sustainable environment.

E-Cooking: A Clean and Energy-Efficient Alternative

Definition and Adoption:

  • E-cooking involves using electric cooking appliances as a clean and energy-efficient alternative.
  • It includes electric stoves, induction cooktops, and other electric cooking devices.
  • It is gaining popularity as a sustainable cooking method in households.

Role of Electricity Access in India:

  • India’s achievement of 24/7 electricity access has been a driving factor in the transition to e-cooking.
  • The Saubhagya Scheme has provided electricity connections, eliminating power cuts and facilitating the adoption of electric cooking.

Mission LiFE and Clean Cooking Energy:

  • E-cooking is a crucial part of India’s Mission LiFE initiative.
  • Mission LiFE promotes sustainable lifestyles and aims to create pro-planet advocates.
  • Clean cooking energy is essential for India’s energy transition, aligning with Mission LiFE’s goals.

Scalability and Affordability:

  • With reliable electricity access, e-cooking is poised to become the future of Indian kitchens.
  • Electric cooking technology is scalable and affordable, suitable for both urban and rural areas.

Promoting Adoption and Affordability:

  • Developing affordable business models is key to widespread adoption of e-cooking solutions.
  • Utilizing renewable energy sources, such as solar and thermal power, can reduce costs and enhance accessibility.
  • Aggregation models and price reduction strategies can make e-cooking more affordable for a larger population.

Overcoming Technology Barriers:

  • Concerns regarding appliance faults and compatibility have been addressed in e-cooking technology.
  • Replicating successful e-cooking models at scale and gradually replacing traditional cookers can build consumer confidence and facilitate a smooth transition.

Benefits for Power Sector and Consumers:

  • E-cooking aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 7.1, ensuring universal access to clean cooking and improving indoor air quality.
  • Energy consumption in reheating can be reduced, contributing to a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

Bureau of Energy Efficiency:

  • The BEE was established on 1st March 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
  • Objective: To reduce the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
  • It coordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies, and other organizations.
  • It recognizes, identifies, and utilizes existing resources and infrastructure to perform the functions assigned to it under the Energy Conservation Act.

-Source: The Hindu, PIB

December 2023