The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Union ministry of power annually celebrates December 14 as the National Energy Conservation Day to showcase India’s contribution to energy conservation and steps taken towards becoming an energy-efficient nation.
BEE uses the occasion to spread awareness amongst the masses regarding energy efficiency and the need to go green. The bureau asked everyone to be energy conscious and advocate energy conservation by being vigilant in our surroundings.
BEE is an agency established in March 2002 operating under the jurisdiction of the Government of India after the formulation of the Energy Conservation Act in India in 2001. BEE forms policies pertaining to energy conservation and works to aware the general public around the same issue. The Energy Conservation Act 2001 came into existence to monitor and measure energy efficiency in the private and public sector at all levels.
Many ministers and organisations took to social media to mark the occasion for awareness around energy efficiency and conservation in the era where climate change is as real as Covid-19. Netizens too joined the trend and shared the message for sustainability widely.
“On National Energy Conservation Day let us take a pledge to adopt energy conservation in our everyday lives,” Union minister for housing and urban affairs of India Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.
“On this #NationalEnergyConservationDay, let’s all pledge to use energy judiciously in everyday life, ensure zero wastage and spread awareness about the importance of energy conservation for a healthy environment and sustainable future,” Naveen Patnaik, chief minister of Odisha, also said.
Last year, BEE had also organised national energy conservation awards at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi to recognize and reward organizations and industrial units for achieving energy utilization and conservation targets.
The awards recognised organisations from 56 subcategories across industrial sectors and institutions like thermal power stations, office and BPO buildings, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, zonal railways, railway workshops and stations, municipalities, State designated agencies and manufacturers of BEE star labelled appliances/equipment and electricity distribution companies.