Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) e-commerce portal
Polity & Governance
21st Oct, 2023
The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of public sector undertakings (PSU) under the Ministry of Power, will set up an e-commerce portal that will exclusively feature electric appliances with the highest efficiency ratings.
About the initiative:
- Aim: The objective of the exercise would be to “create demand” and encourage consumers to opt for electric cookers, fans, refrigerators and other devices that were rated “five star and above”.
- The portal would initially be for businesses to trade among themselves and later be expanded to wider, retail sales.
- The EESL is affiliated to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) that has for years run a ‘star-rating’ system for electric appliances with the highest-rated appliances having ‘5 stars’.
- The BEE has made this rating mandatory for 15 appliances and voluntary for 20 appliances for 2023.
- Ratings are usually only valid for a fixed period.
The agency includes or excludes appliances from the list as it deems necessary from time to time.
- Need of such an initiative: India has committed to double its energy efficiency by 2030 from 2% to 4%.
- As the BEE claims that its rating system, over the years, has prevented 300 million tonnes of CO2.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE):
- The Government of India has set up Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on 1st March 2002 under the provision of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
- The mission of Bureau of Energy Efficiency is to assist in developing policies and strategies with a thrust on self-regulation and market principles with the primary objective of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy within the overall framework of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
- This will be achieved with active participation of all stakeholders, resulting into accelerated and sustained adoption of energy efficiency in all sectors.