To commemorate its 19th foundation day, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India organised a Stakeholder Consultation to develop a vision towards building an energy efficient India. Launching the programme, Sanjeev Nandan Sahai, Power Secretary said, “I appreciate the hard work of BEE for contributing towards an energy efficient economy and at the same time, I also expect BEE to come up with more such programs in future. Such interaction would pave a way forward for initiatives to be taken by BEE in the sphere of energy efficiency. Deep freezer and LCAC are major energy guzzlers in commercial space, therefore, it is imperative that these two appliances shall be included in the program to save energy and reduce CO2 emission. With these two products only, a total savings of around 9 billion units of electricity is expected to be saved for the country by FY 2030.”

While welcoming the stakeholders during the programme, Abhay Bakre, DG BEE, appreciated the support and guidance extended by the partners from public and private sector as well as multilateral agencies in taking forward key BEE programmes or initiatives.

The Star Labeling Programme has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, as part of its mandate, under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. Under this Programme, BEE has covered 24 appliances till date wherein 10 appliances are under mandatory regime. On the occasion of 19th foundation day, BEE has expanded the coverage by including Energy Efficient ‘Deep Freezers’ and ‘Light Commercial Air Conditioners (LCAC)’. Through launch of these two new appliances under voluntary regime, 26 appliances would now be covered under this programme. During the event, Urja Dakshata Information Tool (UDIT) (www.udit. beeindia.gov.in), a first ever initiative taken by BEE with World Resources Institute (WRI), to facilitate a database on energy efficiency was launched.