India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency is on the Move
May 29, 2012 - It's been a while since I've written about India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). However, this month there were a couple of interesting developments.
First, BEE just announced new authority to recall frost free refrigerators and room air conditioners that prove to be energy inefficient. The bureau sponsors a star-rating labeling program (similar to ENERGY STAR or the EC Eco-label) where, based upon proven efficiency norms, products are issued labels. Labels on some products are voluntary and some are mandatory (See blog: India's BEE Star Label to Include Notebooks.)
After labelled products hit the selves, BEE does random follow-up testing. Under the new rules, if a product fails, manufacturers are then notified and may be asked to stop displaying the label. If they don't bring the product into compliance within two months, BEE now also has the authority to withdraw the products.
For more information, read the report on The Hindu Business Line website.
BEE also announced their plans to add new products to their mandatory labeling scheme. The list of products to be added is: water heaters, direct cool refrigerators and television sets. As part of the same announcement, the bureau said that, where applicable, is it seeking to require all government purchases be star-rated products.
For more information, see: BEE to add more products under energy saving norms.
So, it seems there are interesting developments taking place in India. With over a billion people, that news could impact a lot of shoppers. The BEE star-rating program is definitely worth keeping an eye on.