Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

India’s EESL and Voltas Protect Climate, Ozone Layer with Bulk Procurement of Super Efficient and Affordable ACs

July 5, 2019

India’s EESL has begun selling seven-star rated Voltas inverter-air room conditioners (RACs) at a discount price of ₹41,300 (US$603) for a 1.5-tonne unit, which is cheaper than a five-star rated AC. The price reduction is the result of EESL bulk procurement of 50,000 RACs.

The ISEER 5.4 AC using lower-global warming potential R-32 refrigerant will reduce the carbon footprint of cooling by 50%. These inverter ACs are designed to be efficient up to 52°Centigrade and over a range of voltage. In the first phase EESL will distribute on a first come, first served basis to the customers of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL). The pledge is to install within 48 hours of ordering on  a dedicated online e-commerce site.

“Starting in 2016 the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) with the advice of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) helped align government policy to support EESL bulk procurement of super-efficient ACs,” said Stephen O. Andersen IGSD Research Director.” “This is a welcome strengthening of super-efficiency at an affordable price.”

“Affordable and sustainable cooling solutions are what the world needs. EESL has, time and again, proven that using bulk purchasing power is a powerful tool to spur market transformation,” said Karan Mangotra, TERI Associate Director, Growth, Diversification & Commercialization.

“This is exactly the kind of fast action needed to slow global warming before Earth passes a tipping point beyond which there is no recovery within human scale,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of IGSD. “Imagine how much more climate protection we could achieve if every country had an organization like EESL transforming markets for sustainable cooling that protects climate for future generations!” EESL’s procurement requirements also prohibit the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants to ensure continuing progress protecting the stratospheric ozone layer.

More at http://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2019/jul/11/energy-efficiency-services-begins-selling-super-efficient-acs-online-2002161.html