Standards & Labelling
Energy Efficiency Standards & Labelling (S&L) programs have seen successful in bringing about an increase in the supply and quality of energy efficient products in many countries.
In India, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) initiated the appliance S&L program in 2006. The BEE Label rates appliances on a scale of 1 to 5 stars based on their efficiency; with the most efficient appliance getting a 5 star label and the least efficient labelled as1 star.
The S&L scheme is currently applicable for 21 products: Room Air Conditioners, Ceiling Fans, Color Televisions, Computers, Direct Cool Refrigerators, Distribution Transformers, Domestic Gas Stoves, Frost Free Refrigerators, General Purpose Industrial Motors, Monoset Pumps, Openwell Submersible Pump Sets, Stationary Type Water Heaters, Submersible Pump Sets, Tubular Fluorescent Lamps (TFL), Ballasts, Solid State Inverters, Office Automation Products, Diesel Engine Driven Monoset pumps For Agricultural Purposes, Diesel Generator Sets, LED Lamps, and Inverter ACs. While labeling is currently voluntary for most appliances, it has been made mandatory for the following four products:
- Frost-free Refrigerators
- Tubular Fluorescent Lamps
- Room Air Conditioners
- Distribution Transformer