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Energy-efficient fridges a must

AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT labelling or star rating of refrigerators and tubular fluorescent lamps depending on their electricity consumption will soon be mandatory for manufacturers in all the States, including UP.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 01:18 IST

AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT labelling or star rating of refrigerators and tubular fluorescent lamps depending on their electricity consumption will soon be mandatory for manufacturers in all the States, including UP.

The Central Government will launch the labelling scheme on voluntary basis on June 30 in respect of frost-free (no-frost) refrigerator and tubular fluorescent lamp. The voluntary scheme will be followed by launch of labelling scheme on mandatory basis within six months from the date of final publication of the Bureau of the Energy Efficiency (Display of particulars ad manners of their display on the label) Regulations, 2006.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, a Government of India undertaking, has called a meeting of representatives of all state designated agencies (UP Power Corporation Ltd, in UP’s case), in New Delhi on May 26 to discuss the comments received from the SDAs and firm up the arrangements for launch of the labelling scheme on June 30. It will also be the objective of the meeting to constitute a National Coordination Committee to oversee implementation of the scheme.

Clause (d) of the Section 14 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 provides that the Central Government may by notification, in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, direct display of such particular label on equipment or an appliance specified under clause (b) of Section 14 and in such manner as may be specified by regulations. The Centre has proposed to specify initially only two appliances, frost-free refrigerator and tubular fluorescent lamps, for launch of the label during the year. But the mandatory scheme, when launched, will also cover direct cool refrigerators.

In Delhi, J Pandiyan, a senior official in the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, said labelling would have to be done by manufacturers on mandatory basis.