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Energy intensive industries should meet energy efficiency targets- BEE

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Energy efficiencyThe Bureau of Energy Efficiency will soon start penalising designated consumers if they fail to achieve the target given to them in attaining energy efficiency. Ajay Mathur, director general Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the ministry of power, said: “If the designated consumers fail to attain the energy efficiency target given to them, they will have to pay penalty up to Rs 1000 per day for the period until the targeted energy efficiency is achieved."

Under the Energy Conservation Act of 2001, the Union government has notified nine energy intensive industries as designated consumers. Thermal power stations, fertiliser plants, cement plants, iron and steel plants, railways (diesel loco sheds, production units and workshops) and paper pulp units consuming 30,000 tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE) energy or more than that per year. Chlor-Alkali plants consuming 12,000 TOE or more, aluminium plants consuming 7,500 TOE or more and textile units 3000 TOE or more a year has been notified as designated consumers.

Mathur, at an interactive session organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry here, said it was important that the designated consumers reduce emissions, for which bringing about energy efficiency was important.

However, India in the Copenhagen meet, did not concede to any legally binding emission target but has kept reducing emission as a major task in its National Action Plan on climate change.

Accorrding to Mathur Copenhagen was a stopover to a longer journey. “Things which are important to India are all on the negotiating table,” he said. India, however, will not change its terms of negotiation on climate change even if there were hiccups in the process. But for reducing emission as a part of its National Action Plan, every state should be attentive in increasing its energy efficiency, he added.

“If a state wants to achieve energy efficiency, it should strengthen its designated agency,” Mathur said.

He said the Bureau of Energy Efficiency by the end of 2010- 2011 fiscal will bring nine more products under the ‘energy efficiency labeling’ category. At present, there are 11 products under the labeling category, of which four products, namely distribution transformers, four feet tube lights, air-conditioners and frost-free refrigerators are under mandatory labeling. The rest seven are under voluntary labeling. Another nine products, which would be brought under the labeling category, will be left for voluntary labeling at an initial stage, Mathur said.

Although he did not specify the nine products, which will be brought under the energy efficiency labeling, he said the products such as washing machine and generator sets will be brought under this category.

Source- Financial Express

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