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The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is an agency of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Power created in March 2002 under the provisions of the nation’s 2001 Energy Conservation Act. 

The agency’s function is to develop programs which will increase the conservation and efficient use of energy in India. 

The government has proposed to make it mandatory for certain appliances in India to have ratings by the BEE starting in January 2010.


The Bureau of Energy Efficiency initiated the Standards & Labeling programme for equipment and appliances in 2006 to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the relevant marketed product.

The energy efficiency labeling programs under BEE are intended to reduce the energy consumption of appliance without diminishing the services it provides to consumers.

The scheme is invoked for 21 equipment/appliances including 10 for which it is mandatory. The other appliances are presently under voluntary labeling phase.

MANDATORY appliances:

  1. Frost-free refrigerator
  2. Tubular fluorescent lamps
  3. Room air conditioners
  4. Distribution transformers
  5. RAC (Cassette, Floor Standing Tower, Ceiling, Corner AC) ß diff. types of Air conditioners
  6. Direct Cool Refrigerator
  7. Electric Geysers
  8. Color TV
  9. Variable capacity air conditioners
  10. Led lamps

VOLUNTARY appliances:

  1. Induction motors
  2. Agricultural pump sets
  3. Ceiling fans
  4. Domestic lpg stoves.
  5. Washing machine (under consideration)
  6. Computer (notebook /laptops)
  7. Ballast (electronic/magnetic)
  8. Office equipment’s (Printer, Copier, Scanner, Mfd’s).
  9. Diesel engine driven moonset pumps for agricultural purposes
  10. Solid state inverter
  11. Diesel generator



Power Ministry launches ambitious program on energy efficiency in Chillers.

Chiller star labelling program to save more than 500 million units of electricity in 2019 along with Green House Gases reduction.

The program envisages providing star rating in terms of its energy performance. Initially, the program is launched on voluntary basis and will be valid upto 31stDecember 2020.

Chillers are used extensively for space conditioning of buildings and for industrial process cooling applications.

Chillers, being energy intensive system, contribute more than 40 per cent of the total energy consumption in commercial buildings. Therefore, it is important to optimize energy performance of chillers and create awareness amongst the end users to adopt transition towards energy efficient chillers.

The size of Indian chiller market which stood at 1 Million Tonne per year at 2017, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 per cent fuelled by a growth in the retail, hospitality and infrastructure projects.



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