BEE formulates efficiency labelling for chillers

By PTI Published on Sep 15, 2018 03:04 PM IST

New Delhi: The Power Ministry launched an ambitious programme on energy efficiency in chillers that consume more than 40 per cent of total energy in commercial buildings. The move can save more than 500 million units of electricity in 2019 along with reduction in green house gas emissions, a Power Ministry statement said.

The Ministry intends to encourage the deployment of energy-efficient chiller systems, that are used widely in industrial processes. The Chiller Star Labelling Programme has been formulated by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). It envisages providing star rating in terms of its energy performance.

Initially, the programme is launched on voluntary basis and will be valid up to 31 December, 2020. Power Secretary A K Bhalla emphasised on improving energy efficiency in space-and-process cooling sector, considering the occasion of 24th World Ozone Day and the 31st Anniversary of Montreal Protocol, which will be observed on 16 September.

The size of Indian chiller market which stood at one million tonne per year at 2017, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 per cent fuelled by a growth in the retail, hospitality and infrastructure projects. The Chillers, being energy intensive system, contribute more than 40 per cent of the total energy consumption in commercial buildings.

The BEE has developed an online registration platform for easy and expeditious approval under this initiative. The manufacturers will be able to register online for availing appropriate star rating of chiller equipment.