Is postponing BEE star rating a piece of good news for customers?
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Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) is an agency of the government of India under the Ministry of Power, formed to reduce the energy intensity in the Indian economy through policies and recommendations. One of their functions is to classify the efficiency of appliances through their star rating system with 1 being the least efficient and 5 being the most efficient. Many are familiar with this system, as it is followed in appliances such as refrigerators, Air conditioners, TVs, and a few more.
Early last year, BEE revised the star rating system for fans and made them stringent. This new system was proposed to become mandatory for all ceiling fans from July 1st, 2020. Now Indian Fan Manufacturers Association(IFMA) has successfully lobbied with BEE to postpone that date to January 1st, 2022 citing the economical effects of COVID-19 lockdown.
This postponement has been inappropriately celebrated by some, as a relief for customers as the new efficiency requirement was expected to increase the cost of the ceiling fan by 2-10%.
Recently an article was published in Money Control, a financial news website, stating that the postponement of mandatory Bureau of Energy Efficiency star rating system for ceiling fans is good news for customers because prices of the ceiling fans will stay the same. This star rating system makes energy efficiency a mandatory parameter in ceiling fans like ACs. According to the large manufacturers, as per the article, the prices of fans would increase by 2-10% for making the fans efficient.
As per the article, 65million ceiling fans are sold every year. It implies that the postponement of 17 months would let 100 million inefficient ceiling fans into use. These 100 million ceiling fans in India will cause over 2500 lakh tonne of CO2 emission over the next ten years.
The environmental reparation cost and public health cost will much more than the 2-10% increase in the cost now. This cost will fall on our children and grandchildren and not these large corporates.
It is condemnable that an article that is posted in public, celebrating a regressive move that only causes direct harm to the public. Journalists should be held accountable for a short-sighted view and spreading wrong information without valid supporting references. Read the article from MoneyControl: Good news for customers: No increase in ceiling fan prices as energy efficiency ratings deferred.
 Read the article from MoneyControl: Good news for customers: No increase in ceiling fan prices as energy efficiency ratings deferred