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Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) launched the Standards and Labelling programme in May 2006 with the objective of reducing energy intensity of electrical appliances and equipment. By 2010 the S&L programme had resulted in 3336 MW of avoided capacity and 7848 MU of electricity savings.

Twenty-one products, across the building and industrial sectors, are included in BEE’s S&L programme. Of these, room air conditioners, frost-free refrigerators, tubular fluorescent lamps and distribution transformers are under mandatory notification and the remaining are under voluntary notification.

The government has introduced schemes to promote the adoption of energy-efficient lighting. Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) subsidises the replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFLs and the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) is aimed at accelerating the adoption of LED lighting. In March this year Minister for Power, Piyush Goyal, announced that the government would be launching programmes to promote the adoption of energy-efficient fans and air conditioners.

With support from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), AEEE has conducted the following studies

  • Market assessment of S&L appliances, highlighting adoption levels and barriers to adoption of EE S&L appliances
  • An advisory on S&L appliances, advocating the promotion of EE appliances and equipment on par with Renewable Energy appliances
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