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Technical Support to Energy Efficiency standards and labeling in India

Efficient air conditioning systems

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Cooling is becoming a rapidly emerging demand in developing countries, which signifies that the building design and shell measures need to reduce cooling loads, and the efficiency of air-conditioning will need to be improved. Air conditioning systems are implemented in numerous sectors, namely buildings, industry and transport. They are distinguished in two main categories, room air conditioners and central air conditioners.

To provide technical expertise to S&L in India, via Bureau of Energy Efficiency, for refrigerators, air conditioners, and consumer electronics resulting in increased consumer awareness and sales of energy efficiency products.


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Main activity and output: 
  • Support BEE's S&L programme;
  • Collect, analyse and disseminate impacts for median product electricity; energy use; CO2 emissions; change in consumer awareness; sales of energy efficient models; and international benchmarking;
  • Prepare outreach materials explaining labeling and train NGO partners to publicly distribute and track dissemination;
  • Develop endorsement label design (for consumer electronics) through qualitative market research with consumers and other stakeholders;
  • The anticipated total CO2 emissions saved in India from S&L for the products in these is expected to be 400 Million tCO2e.
Expected impact: 
  • Improved capacity of BEE to develop and implement S&L programmes;
  • Improved capacity of BEE to deliver and assess consumer awareness and outreach programmes;
  • Quantification of impacts to support energy efficiency policy decisions;
  • Improved programme implementation through a credible feedback mechanism on impacts;
  • More effective outreach to the public through a network of NGOs;
  • Greater public awareness of energy information labeling;
  • Strengthening of the NGOs capacity in delivering energy efficiency messages to consumers;
  • Labeling for consumer electronics -a product category with significant impact on India's future energy demand.