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India unveils energy standard for laptops

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency announced the BEE Star Label version 1 for laptops.

An Information and Communication Technology industry initiative that started almost one-and-a-half years ago for energy efficiency has finally made the government get into action.

The government on Wednesday announced an energy efficiency label for laptops.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on Wednesday announced the BEE Star Label version 1 for laptops. The guidelines announced by BEE are based on United Sates Energy version 5 guidelines.

“US Star energy version 5 is the base for BEE standard announced today,” said Ashwini Aggarwal,Executive Editor,Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology.

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“This had been a long-awaited launch. It is going to sideline low-quality products in the market,especially cheap and energy inefficient imported products,” added Aggarwal.

P Umashankar,secretary,Ministry of Power appreciated timing of issuing the BEE guidelines.

“Laptops consume 0.5 per cent of total power generated in the country. Their sales is growing at approximately 25 per cent. Therefore I am glad that guidelines have come at the right time,” said Umashankar.

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The guideline announced on Wednesday will be extended to other categories of IT and Telecom products in a phased manner by BEE.

“In this year,the guidelines for some other IT products will be announced. After laptops,guidelines for printers,then desktops will be announced. Gradually we will cover the entire range of IT products but it will happen in a phased manner,” said Ajay Mathur,director general,BEE.

Unlike BEE star labels which indicate the efficiency of products like refrigerator,air-conditioner and others,these guidelines do not specify the levels of energy saving that a product will deliver to the consumer.

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“It will only indicate either product is energy efficient or it is not. The energy efficiency of the product will be computed on an annual basis based on a formula that had been mentioned in the guideline,” Mathur said.

On energy efficiency difference between a non-certified and certified product,Aggarwal explained that during research it was found that non-certified products will consume at least 40 per cent more energy that the certified one.

However,Aggarwal added that most of the laptops available in India qualify for the guidelines announced by BEE.

“Only 3 out of 20 laptops failed to qualify,” said Aggarwal.

The move to come up with energy efficiency labels was proposed by the India Chapter of Climate Savers Computing Initiative in July 2009. MAIT was one of the proposers of this programme.

First published on: 30-03-2011 at 15:07 IST
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