- 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.
- 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.
National Energy Conservation Awards:
- The Ministry of Power had launched the National Energy Conservation Awards in 1991, to give national recognition through awards to industries and establishments that have taken special efforts to reduce energy consumption while maintaining their production.
- It recognizes the energy efficiency achievements in 56 sub-sectors across industry, establishments and institutions.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT