National Energy Conservation Day is observed every year on 14 December. The purpose of celebrating this day is to showcase the nation’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation. National Energy Conservation Day is governed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. Union Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy R.K. Of. President Draupadi Murmu also launched the ‘EV Yatra Portal and ‘Mobile App’ in the presence of Singh and Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Krishan Pal. Know in detail about the purpose and importance of this day…
What Is Energy Conservation?
Energy conservation means not using energy unnecessarily and doing work using minimum energy. For example, this includes not using unnecessary lights, or fans in the house or office, turning off all electronic devices while going out of the room, etc. Energy is used on a large scale in our daily life, from electricity used in homes to factories and automobiles to large projects. Keeping in mind the energy needs of the future, its conservation is necessary.
Purpose Of The Day
As India’s economy is growing, energy demand is also increasing every year. In such a situation, energy conservation becomes necessary. Energy Conservation Day is also celebrated every year by the Government of India to spread awareness about energy conservation among the citizens of the country. The purpose of celebrating this day is also to showcase the achievements of the nation in energy efficiency and conservation. Keeping in view the increase needed for energy in the country and the future requirement, the Energy Conservation Act of 2001 was implemented in the year 2001 by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. Under this act, energy conservation was ensured through various programs to promote energy conservation in the country. Only after this act was, National Energy Conservation Dis organized every year on 14 December for energy conservation. In August 2022, the Lok Sabha passed the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill. Its purpose is to amend the Energy Conservation Act of 2001.
Perform Achieve and Trade or PAT Scheme:
The PAT scheme seeks cost-effectiveness in energy efficiency improvements through certification of energy savings. It is part of the ‘National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency’ (NMEEE) which is one of the eight missions under the ‘National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). Now 1100 industrial units are being covered under this scheme. Apart from annual savings of Rs 40,000 crore, this program also reduces the emission of 105 million tonnes of CO2.
Standards and Labeling Programs
Under the program, standardization and labeling of air conditioners, ceiling fans, color televisions, computers, refrigerators, distribution transformers general-purpose industrial motors, LED lamps, agricultural pump sets, etc. is done. It provides an idea to the consumer about the energy savings and thus the cost-saving potential of the concerned product. The program is saving 60 billion units of electricity annually and reducing CO2 emissions by 60 million tonnes.
Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)
It was developed for new commercial buildings. The Energy Conservation Building Code sets minimum energy standards for new commercial buildings with a connected load of 100 kilowatts (kW) or a contracted demand of 120 kVA (kilovolt-amperes) and above. BEE has also developed a voluntary star rating program for buildings which is based on the actual performance of a building.
Eco residence code
Ministry of Power launched Eco Niwas Samhita, in 2018 (Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings ECBC-R). The implementation of this code is expected to save 125 billion units of electricity annually by 2030, which would prevent about 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The objective of this scheme is to design and promote the construction of such apartments and towns in which the residents can get the benefit of energy savings.
The initiatives taken by the Government of India reduce CO2 emissions by 267 million tonnes, while saving a total budget of Rs 1.5 lakh crore annually. Energy conservation is not possible without the cooperation of the citizens of the country. Unnecessary burning of electric bulbs, A.C. in daily life. We can play our role in energy conservation by switching off fans, electricity, and other equipment and using public vehicles instead of private vehicles. An aware citizen can play his role in making the energy conservation movement successful by making a significant contribution to energy conservation through small actions in daily life.