Standards and Labelling Program (S&L)

Last updated: 12 May 2021
Standards and Labelling Scheme (S&L) was launched in 2006 by the Ministry of Power under the framework of the Energy Conservation Act of 2001. Since then, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has been promoting and facilitating its adoption through the prescription of MEPS and applying labels that are affixed to the product. The key objective of the S&L scheme is to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and consequent cost saving potentials of the respective products. Thus, the scheme enables the distinction between high-energy consuming versus efficient end-use equipment and appliances, thereby creating incentives and competitive dynamics for domestic market to shift towards more efficient appliances and equipment. The rating applied in the scheme will grade the products according to their energy efficiency, starting from one star, implying low energy efficiency, to five stars for the most energy efficient.While initially launched as a voluntary scheme, energy labels became mandatory for many electricity-consuming appliances in 2007, including pumps, motors, air conditioners and televisions. The labelling scheme covers the following appliances and equipment categories: Mandatory: Room Air ConditionersFrost Free RefrigeratorTubular Florescent LampDistribution TransformerRoom Air Conditioner (Casettes, Floor Standing)Direct Cool RefrigeratorColor TV Electric GeysersVariable Capacity Inverter Air conditioners LED Lamps Voluntary: Induction MotorsPump SetsCeiling FansLPG -StovesWashing MachineComputer (Notebooks/Laptops)Ballast (Electronic/ Magnetic)Office equipment's (Printer, Copier, Scanner, MFD's)Diesel Engine Driven Mono-set PumpsSolid State InverterDG SetsChillersMicrowave Oven

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