The Energy Conservation Act of 2001 provides the basis for India’s standards and labelling program.This legislation established the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and an Energy Conservation Fund.The legislation enables the provision of the introduction of mandatory labels and standards. This allowed an energy labelling program to be developed in India, which began in 2006 with standards followed shortly afterward. Both of these programs are administered by BEE. The Indian Pollution Control board also runs an eco-label program.
Energy Performance Standards - India
India has introduced voluntary Energy Performance Standards for refrigerators, room air conditioners, fluorescent lamps and distribution transformers. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) administers standards in India, with the requirements specified in the relevant product standards.
The BIS, and the Indian Institute for Technology, both have test laboratory capable of testing energy efficiency. Manufacturers adopting voluntary standards and claiming compliance with the Indian Standard are subject to compliance inspections. Energy Performance Standards for chillers,agricultural pump sets, industrial fans and pumps are currently being developed.
Program Name : Comparative Label
Implementing Agency : Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
Participation Category : Voluntary/Mandatory
Appliances Labelled : 2004 – refrigerators and refrigerator freezers
2006 - refrigerators and room air
2007 - refrigerators (direct cool)
2010 - refrigerators (frost free), tubular fluorescent lamps (TFL), room air conditioners and distribution
2009 – agricultural pump sets, general purpose 3 phase motors, ceiling fans (voluntary)
2010 – storage water heaters, clothes washers (voluntary) fluorescent lamps(tubular)
2011 – laptop computers (became mandatory in 2013)
2012 – televisions, LED lighting, ballasts–electronic / magnetic (voluntary), CFLs
2013 - Under review: LPG stoves
2013 - Under development: set top boxes, voltage stabilisers uninterrupted power supply (UPS), i inverters
Rating System: Energy Consumption, Efficiency Rating (grade) 1 to 5 stars (5 most efficient)
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The impetus for the Standards and Labelling program in India came with the passage of the energy conservation bill in October 2001. The Bill allowed for the establishment of Bureau of Energy
Efficiency (BEE), which was completed in March 2002. India's Standards and Labelling program involves multiple cooperating organisations: MOP, BEE, Steering Committees, the Technical Committee, and the BIS. BEE develops the labels with input from the Steering and Technical Committees, the label is proposed to MOP, who is then responsible for the execution of the labelling
India’s labelling program was launched in 2006, initially with a voluntary comparative labelling scheme for refrigerators and air conditioners. The overall strategy was to begin labelling on a voluntary basis, then move to a mandatory approach for energy performance and test procedure standards. BEE's Star Labelling is now mandatory for four appliances, including frost-free refrigerators, room air conditioners, distribution transformers and tubular fluorescent lights (TFLs).
Endorsement Label – India
Implementing Agency: Central Pollution Control Board
Participation Category: Voluntary
Appliances Labelled : 2011 - notebook computers/laptops
2012 - LEDS (self ballasted)
Under consideration for development: central boilers and furnaces
Under development : imaging machines
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An endorsement label was introduced for computers (notebook/laptop) in 2011. The label indicates to the consumer that the labelled products save energy compared to other notebooks/laptops. The BEE Star Label is in line with ENERGY STAR version 5.2 specifications for computers. Desktop computers and set top boxes are also under consideration for inclusion in the endorsement labelling
scheme. Initially the label was affixed to the carton/box of the product, but following the introductory six months, it became compulsory for manufacturers to affix label to both the carton and the product itself.
Endorsement Label - India
Program Name : Ecomark Scheme
Implementing Agency: Central Pollution Control Board Participation Category: Voluntary
Appliances Labelled :1996 - lamps, motors, ranges/ovens,refrigerators,televisions, water heaters
2013 includes – paper products, wood particle board,wooden flush door shutters, domestic gas stoves
Label Image Link: http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabel/ecomark-india
The Ecomark scheme was developed by the Indian Government in 1991, as a form of environmental label with wide product coverage. The ECO Mark scheme derives its power from the government notifications, which issued by Ministry of Environment and Forests. The Central Pollution Control Board, which is under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, acts as a technical wing/consultant of
the Ministry. The ECO mark is awarded by the Bureau of Indian Standards, as per the requirements laid down in different national standards. These requirements are arrived and approved by the technical committee within in Central Pollution Control Board.
The Central Pollution Board has been a member of the Global Eco-labelling Network (GEN) since 2000. Products that are eligible to receive the Ecomark as of 2013 include: soaps and detergents,paper, food items, lubricating oils, packaging materials, architectural paints and powder coatings, batteries, electrical/electronic goods, food additives, wood substitutes, cosmetics, aerosol propellants,plastic products, textiles, fire-extinguishers, leather. To date this label has had limited success in India with few manufacturers taking up the opportunity to use the scheme.