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National Energy Conservation Day 2021

National Energy Conservation Day 2021:

The National Energy Conservation Day is observed on December 14th, every year by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).

  • The day focuses on making people aware of global warming and climate change and promotes efforts towards saving energy resources.
  • It also highlights the achievements of the country in the fields of energy efficiency and conservation.
  • The Ministry of Power celebrated Energy Conservation Week (8-14 Dec) in 2021 under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
  • As part of celebrations, the BEE under the Ministry of Power has organized various programs.

Energy Conservation:

  • It refers to the efforts made to ensure that energy is used efficiently by either using less energy for a particular constant purpose – like switching off lights and fans when not being used – or reducing the use of a particular service that uses energy – like driving less and using public transport instead.
  • Energy conservation is a conscious, individual effort, and at a macro level, it leads to energy efficiency.
  • The end goal of energy conservation is to reach towards sustainable energy.
  • It is different from the term ‘energy efficiency’, which is using technology that requires less energy to perform the same function.

Energy Conservation Act, 2001:

  • The Act was enacted with the goal of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy. It provides regulatory mandates for:
    • Standards & labeling of equipment and appliances;
    • Energy conservation building codes for commercial buildings; and
    • Energy consumption norms for energy intensive industries.

Energy Conservation Week:

  • The Ministry of Power is celebrating Energy Conservation Week under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav from 8th to 14th December 2021.
  • The BEE and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have together taken a number of initiatives to ensure the growth of this sector in an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly way.
  • To ensure synergy among various players in the MSME sector, BEE and the Ministry of MSME have also promoted a collaborative platform–“SAMEEEKSHA” (Small and Medium Enterprises Energy Efficiency Knowledge Sharing).
  • The platform aims to pool the knowledge and synergise the efforts of various organisations for the promotion and adoption of clean, energy technologies and practices.
  • The BEE has organized an Interactive Workshop on Outcomes of Energy and Resource Mapping of the MSMEs Clusters.