Energy Conservation Award
Policy measure

The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency coordinated the Energy Conservation Award scheme of the Ministry of Power which has become an annual event since 1991. The Award was introduced for industrial units which have taken exceptional initiatives on energy conservation (Dey, 2007) and “recognize innovation and achievements in energy conservation by industries, buildings, railways, state designated agencies, aviation sectors; manufacturers of BEE star labeled appliances and municipalities which provide specific examples of best practices which raise awareness about energy conservation potential and implementation” (BEE, 2009).


Due to consistent efforts by BEE, the scheme has become very popular among industries, as is evident by increasing participation levels (Chakarvarti, 2008).

According to BEE (2009), the number of participating industrial units has been rising steadily over the years. While 123 units participated in 1999, the number increased to 368 in 2008. In 2009, the number of units participating reached a peak with 558 participating units. 

No identified challenges.

According to BEE (2009), “the Award Scheme has motivated the participating units to undertake serious efforts in saving energy and environment. The participating units of the 2009 Awards have collectively invested Rs.3180 Crores in energy conservation measures, and achieved monetary savings of Rs. 2377 Crores every year, implying a very short payback period of 16 months only, once again proving the fact that energy conservation is a least cost option. The participating units have also saved electrical energy of 2451 million kWh of electrical energy, which is equivalent to the energy generated from a 359 MW thermal power station at a PLF of 0.78. In other words, these participating units have avoided the installation of power generating capacity equivalent to 359 MW thermal power stations in 2008-09, which would otherwise have been required to meet the power demand of these units.

In the last 11 years of the Award Scheme of the period 1999-2009, the participating units have collectively saved Rs11261 Crores and the investment made on energy efficiency projects was recovered back in 17.6 months. In energy terms, 12113 million kWh of electrical power, 24 lakhs kilolitre of oil, 67 lakhs metric tonne of coal and 21.2 billion cubic metre of gas was saved, through the energy conservation measures of the participating units.”


BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency), 2009. Energy Conservation Efforts and Achievements of the National Energy Conservation Awards 2009 Winning Units. New Delhi. Available at:

Chakarvati, K.K., 2008. Energy Conservation ACT & ECBC – an Overview. New Delhi. Available at:

Dey, D., 2007. Energy Efficiency Initiatives: Indian Experience. Kolkata: ICFAI Business School. Available at: