There was news out of India this week that the government’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is moving forward on including notebook (laptop) computers in its star ratings labeling system.
The BEE was set up in 2002 to help develop policies to mitigate the increased energy consumption caused the growing Indian economy. The star labeling program began in 2006 to help this effort. Presently there are 12 products covered by the labeling program. Four of these require mandatory labeling, the other eight are voluntary. The label for notebooks will be introduced as a voluntary label, and then in two years become mandatory.
In response to the announcement, India’s Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) said that major manufacturers such as Dell, Canon, and HP, were supportive. One manufacturer observed that, since their products are already compliant with the ENERGY STAR® 5.0 spec, they will automatically comply with the BEE standard.
To learn more about the BEE standards and labeling program and to see the notebook standard in development (under computers), visit the BEE “About Standards & Labeling Programme” web page.