[Economy] BEE Labeling in India: bureau of energy efficiency


  1. What is BEE?
  2. Why was it setup?
  3. Functions taken by BEE?
  4. What is BEE Labelling?
  5. BEE labeling for cars

What is BEE?

  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
  • statutory body under Ministry of Power
  • It was set up under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.

Why was it setup?

  • To reduce energy intensity of the Indian economy.
  • Research shows that to provide the final consumer 1 watt of energy, the power station has to produce 4 watts of electricity (4-1=3 watts are lost in transmission and distribution).
  • Hence, if the final consumers (you and I) used energy efficient products then power stations would have to produce less energy = less pollution, less input costs etc.

Functions taken by BEE?

  • Create Energy Conservation Building Codes
  • minimum energy performance standards and labelling design for equipment and appliances
  • Certify Energy Managers and Energy Auditors
  • Create awareness and disseminate information on energy efficiency and conservation. For example BEE has launched a mobile application ‘AC Power Saver’ that will help consumers calculate their expected annual bills and the potential saving with a five-star AC as against those with the lower stars.
  • Strengthen consultancy services in the field of energy conservation
  • Promote research and development in energy conservation.

What is BEE Labelling?

  • BEE labeling is mandatory for air-conditioners, frost-free refrigerators, distribution transformers and tubular fluorescent lights etc. (more products are added in the list every now and then)
  • BEE labeling has 1 to 5 stars.
  • If Product A has 5 stars and B has 3 stars that means, product A consumes less energy than product B yet delivers same (or better) output. Hence Product A is more energy efficient.
  • (and consumers are more likely to buy Product A, thus indirectly helping in energy conservation)

BEE labeling for cars

  • It’ll be mandatory for all passenger car makers to display special ‘star labelling’ indicating fuel efficiency for their product cars, from April 1, 2013,
  • This star-rating (based on a five-star scale, with five being the most efficient and one the least) will help compare the fuel efficiency of different car models within the same weight class.
  • BEE defines cars in five-star category are those which roughly consume up to 7 litres of fuel for 100 kms

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