(The Gist of PIB) BEE Notifies New Energy Performance Standards for Air Conditioners [JANUARY-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) BEE Notifies New
Energy Performance Standards for Air Conditioners
BEE Notifies New Energy Performance
Standards for Air Conditioners
The Central Government in consultation with the Bureau of Energy
Efficiency (BEE) has notified new energy performance standards for Room Air
Conditioner (RACs) on 30th October 2019.
The 240C default setting has been made mandatory from Jan 1, 2020 for
all room air conditioners covered under the ambit of BEE star-labelling
program vide this notification.
Additionally, the Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (ISEER) as per
the new standards will range from (3.30 – 5.00) for split and (2.70 – 3.50)
for window air conditioners, which will be applicable from 1st January 2021
BEE launched the voluntary star labelling program for fixed-speed room
air conditioners (RACs) in 2006, and this program became mandatory on 12th
Thereafter, in 2015, voluntary star labelling program for inverter room
air conditioners was launched and which was made mandatory with effect from
1st January 2018. The BEE star labelling program for Room Air Conditioners
now covers both fixed and inverter RAC up to a cooling capacity of 10,465
watts (2.97 TR).
Continual enhancement in performance levels has resulted in substantial
energy efficiency improvement of about 43% in the minimum energy performance
standards (MEPS) for split units, which are the most popular RACs sold in
ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy efficiency ratio) is the energy
performance index used for Room Air Conditioners (RACs) and its assessment
is based on the bin hours defined in ISO 16358.
BEE is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, Government of
India. It is assisted in developing policies and strategies with the primary
objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
BEE coordinates with designated consumers, designated agencies, and
other organizations to identify and utilize the existing resources and
infrastructure, in performing the functions assigned to it under the energy