Govt mulls ban on energy inefficient home appliances

* CCI may approve today Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2014 * Bill proposes ban on manufacturing, trading and even import of equipments and appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters and geasers that consume more electricity and gas

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI) may approve the Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Conservation (PPEC) Bill, 2014 in its today’s meeting, under which a ban has been sought on the manufacturing, sale, purchase, import of equipments, appliances like fridges, refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, geasers, etc, that consume lot of electricity and gas.
Copies of official documents of the Water and Power Ministry, which are available with Daily Times, disclose that the ministry has dispatched the bill to CCI, seeking its necessary approval prior to its promulgation for energy conservation and efficiency. Under the act the ministry has asked for establishment of PECC board consisting of 23 members, under the chairmanship of federal water and power minister. This board will set standards of energy efficiency and energy conservation.
According to the bill, gas and electricity will be provided on priority to those industrial units that fulfil energy efficiency standards, while it will make it mandatory for the owners of industries to meet the said standards, or face a Rs 0.5 million fine on initial violation, and Rs 10,000 per day fine on continuous violation. Similarly, all consumers will have to present an audit report to the board of an independent audit firm. They will also have to specify equipment or appliances, or class of equipments or appliances, as the case may be, under this act.
The PPEC Bill, 2014 reads, “Prohibit manufacture or sale or purchase or import of equipment or appliances specified under clause (b), unless such equipment or appliance conforms to energy consumption standards: Provided that no notification prohibiting manufacture or sale or purchase or import of equipment or appliances shall be issued within a period of six months from the date of notification issued under clause (a) of this section.”
The bill makes mandatory the direct display of such particulars on label on equipment or on appliances specified under clause (b) and in such manners as may be specified by regulations. “And, specify having regard to the intensity or quality of energy consumed and the amount of investment required for switching over to energy efficient machinery and equipments and capacity of industry to invest in it and availability of the energy efficient machinery and equipment required by the industry, any user or class of users of energy in the energy intensive industries and other establishments as specified in the schedule as a designated consumer for the purposes of this act.”
A senior official at the Power Ministry, which declined to be named, said that all four provinces agreed to implement this act and there are great chances that today’s CCI meeting will give its nod to the summary of the Power Ministry, seeking approval on the Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Conservation (PPEC) Bill, 2014. The PEEC Bill was approved in principle by the cabinet in its meeting held on September 28, 2009 and duly vetted by the Law and Justice Division and Justice Division on November1, 2010. Subsequently, the bill was introduced in the National Assembly on January 26, 2011. It was, however, deferred and remained pending for discussion in the wake of 18th Constitutional Amendment Subsequently, certain amendments in the bill were required, including interalia, specifying the roles of the federal and provincial governments .The bill was thus withdrawn from the National Assembly.
Besides, the National Energy Conservation Centre (ENERCON) serves as the national focal point for energy conservation and efficiency activities. It has been mandated with increasing the availability of energy by reducing energy waste, improving efficiency, minimising national dependence on imported crude oil and by promoting cleaner energy technologies such as renewable energy. The official documents also said that with a view to effectively achieve this vital and challenging mandate of energy in all sectors of the economy and to streamline the institutional framework, there is a need for introduction of legal and statuary instrument for promotion of energy efficiency (EE) and conservation (EC). 

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