India to Save 3 Billion Units Of Electricity By 2030 With New Star Rating Programme
India is likely to save an estimated 3 billion units of electricity by 2030 because of the newly launched star rating programme for microwave ovens and washing machines. The power ministry has expanded its ambitious Standards & Labelling (Star Rating) program for energy efficiency for appliances to cover the two appliances. Power secretary A K Bhalla said the initiative would promote technology and energy efficiency in microwaves ovens, a popular household gadget. “We have estimated savings of over 3 billion units of electricity at consumer-end through the adoption of Star Rated Microwave Ovens and Washing Machines by 2030. This would be equivalent to the reduction of 2.4 million-ton of CO2 by the year 2030,” he said. The programme has been formulated by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and will be initially implemented for the two appliances on a voluntary basis and will remain valid till 31 December 2020.
The size of the Indian microwave oven market stood at 1.21 million units in the year 2017-18 and is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2 per cent. The size of the washing machine market stood at 6.1 million units in 2017-18 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8 per cent.
In order to ensure faster adoption of Standards & Labelling program, BEE has developed an online registration platform for quick registration and approval under this initiative. The manufacturers will be able to register products online for availing appropriate star rating for the models. Any model or brand of the washing machine or a microwave oven can avail star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 based on test report or equivalent labs subsequent to scrutiny by BEE.
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