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Indian cabinet gives nod to MoU with Bhutan for collaboration in energy efficiency

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MoU between India and Bhutan

The Indian Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bhutan on extending assistance to Bhutan to enhance energy efficiency in the household sector by creating a pool of energy professionals in Bhutan and training retailers.

“As part of this MoU, India aims to assist Bhutan to enhance energy efficiency in the household sector by promoting star labeling programme developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The formulation of building codes, to suite the climate condition of Bhutan, will be facilitated based with India’s experience. Creation of a pool of energy professionals at Bhutan is envisaged by institutionalizing training of energy auditors,” said an official statement.

Also, the training of retailers will be undertaken which would help in the dissemination of energy-efficient products to consumer audiences regarding savings from star-rated appliances. India aims to support Bhutan in its endeavor to develop and implement the Standards and Labelling scheme.

The MoU was signed between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India, and Department of Energy, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Royal Government of Bhutan.

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“The MoU has been prepared by the Ministry of Power in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). The MoU will enable the exchange of Information, data, and technical experts related to Energy Efficiency and energy conservation between India and Bhutan. It will help Bhutan to ensure the availability of energy-efficient products in the market. The MoU will analyze energy efficiency policies and cooperation in the field of energy efficiency research and technology deployment,” it said further.

Energy-intensive Appliances are the main products leading to higher consumption at households or at commercial establishments. In view of the rapid growth in energy-intensive consumer goods, the demand for electrical energy has been increasing every year. This rising demand can be optimized, if the consumers prefer high-efficiency appliances. BEE is spearheading the country’s Star-labelling program that now covers 37 appliances used in daily life.

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