Four wheelers to get fuel efficiency labels, CERC proposes

Tuesday 12 July 2011, 10:03 AM by Vikas Yogi

The Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) is all set to enforce the fuel efficiency Standards tagging of four-wheelers in India. For that, the CERC has called upon the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) by sending a representation to director general Mr. Ajay Mathur.

A quick overview of past works of BEE reveals that the bureau has already started star labeling which refers to power consumption of electrical equipments, air-conditioners, refrigerators, distribution transformers, ceiling fans, pumps/motors and geysers. The scheme for implementing fuel efficiency standards and labeling for cars was announced by BEE way back in August 2008, but due to car manufacturers' pressure, the scheme was delayed, as per CERC statement.

CERC showed concern over the labeling and said, "It is strange that when the country is grappling with the high cost of fuels and household budgets are overstretched, the automobile industry is resisting mandatory fuel economy standards for cars. In India not only has the number of cars increased manifold but also the demand has shifted towards medium and big cars. This has enhanced the fuel consumption, worsened the air pollution and affected the environment in India."

The worrying organization is leaving no stone unturned to bring the decision, taken three years back, to reality. CERC is pursuing both BEE and the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) for getting it done.

BEE prepared standards draft states that as per Energy Conservation Act - 2001, all car manufacturers are required to raise the fuel economy from the current average of 14.1 to 17.3 km per litre for five-star labelled cars. This will in turn bring down CO2 emission from 165gm to 135 gm per kilometre, ultimately limiting global warming by reducing vehicle CO2 emissions. The average life of vehicles estimated is 15 years in India after which it becomes a bigger threat to the environment by emitting more CO2 emissions.

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