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Star Rating Programme for Light Commercial Air Conditioners and Deep Freezers launched

On March 2, 2020, in its 19th foundation day, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) operating under Ministry of Power launched star rating programme for Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC) and Deep Freezers.

Highlights

The Star Rating Programme was formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Around 24 appliances have been covered under the programme.

At the celebration of the foundation day of BEE, the Urja Dakshata Information Tool (UDIT) was launched. It is an online platform that explains the energy efficiency platform in India. This includes information of appliances, industry, building, municipal, agriculture, transport sectors. The initiative has been launched in collaboration with World Resources Institute.

Significance

Both LCAC and deep freezers are major energy consumers. Therefore, it is important to include these two appliances in the programme to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. Especially, LCAC is of primary importance as it is used in commercial air conditioning. With including these two appliances, it is estimated that the electricity consumption is to be saved by 9 billion units.

Star Rating

The Star Rating gives energy efficiency of an appliance. Higher the star rating lower is the energy consumed.

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State Energy Efficiency Index released by GoI

On January 10, 2020, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) launched the State Energy Efficiency Index, 2019 in association with Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy. The report was prepared considering the basic energy requirements such as coal, electricity, gas and oil. The report tracks the progress of Energy Efficiency initiatives in 36 states and Union Territories.

Highlights

Karnataka, HP, Haryana and Puducherry were the best performers according to the report. Manipur, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir were the least performers.

Indicators

The index has been developed based on quantitative, qualitative and outcome-based indicators. The outcomes of 5 distinct sectors were studied namely industry, buildings, transport, municipalities, Discoms and agriculture.

This year, BEE has included Energy Conservation Building Code as one of its indicators.

Energy Conservation Building Code

The code was developed by BEE under the guidance of United States Agency for International Development. The code aims at promoting energy efficiency in the building sector.

Significance

The first such Index in the country was released in August 2018. The index will help states in their contribution towards energy security and climate action. It help the states track their progress.

Suggestions of the report

The states should shift their focus from “policies in place” to “policies successfully implemented”. They should aim at strengthening data capture mechanism. The states should also aim at integrating programmes that have direct or indirect links with consumers.

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