National Energy Conservation Day -14th December


The National Energy Conservation Day has been observed on 14th December every year since 1991. It provides us the opportunity to reach out to homes, offices and industries with strong messages to influence their energy-consumption behavior.


This is done through two activities:


The first is recognition of industries, buildings, and appliance manufacturers for outstanding energy efficiency improvements during the past year through the National Energy Conservation Awards. The actions which caused improvement in energy efficiency performance are verified and documented, and this documentation is circulated to other industries, buildings and appliance manufacturers to facilitate large-scale replication. The National Energy Conservation Awards are given away at the National Energy Conservation Day function.


The second activity is to reach out to young schoolchildren across the country through painting competitions which stimulate schoolchildren to start thinking about energy use conservation, and express their thoughts through paintings. In this process, these young children develop early attitudes towards the frugal use of energy, and the necessity for energy conservation and the adoption of renewable sources of energy. These competitions are organized at the school, state, and national levels, and the national-level awards to schoolchildren for energy-conservation paintings are presented at the National Energy Conservation Day function.


This year, a third activity is proposed to stimulate schoolchildren to start taking energy-conservation actions in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods, reinforced by school-level activities. To initiate this activity, which could be called, “Aao saath bijli bachain”, a portal connecting schools would be launched at the National Energy Conservation Day function 2014, accompanied by video discussions with children in at least one school in each state which connects to this portal. In subsequent years, children who exhibit leadership in energy-conservation activities could be recognized at the national Energy Conservation Day function.


Details of the National Energy Conservation Awards, the National Painting Competition for Children, and the proposed Bal UrjaSanrakshanSthal (BUSS) portal are annexed to this note.


The President or the Prime Minister of India have typically been the chief guests at the National Energy Conservation Day functions. The chief guests since 2002 have been as follows:

2002: Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister
(in August 2002; the National Energy Conservation Action Plan
was released on the occasion)
2004:  Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister
2005:  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President
2007:  Smt. PratibhaDevisingh Patil, President
2011:  Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister
2012:  Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President
2013:  Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President
In the other years, Union Minister of Power was the Chief Guest.


National Energy Conservation Awards


During the Energy Conservation Day function, the National Energy Conservation Awards are presented to industries, buildings and appliance manufacturers who have achieved the best energy performance during the past year. These Awards have been the mainstay of the function ever since its initiation in 1991. At the National Energy Conservation Day 2013, a total of 69 awards were given away at the function. Apart from these awardees, 43 other units who had been chosen for certificates of merit were awarded these certificates at a separate function.

The specific energy consumption of an applicant (or of the appliances sold by an applicant) compared to that of other applicants, and the annual incremental increase in the specific energy consumption are the two parameters on which the Award is based.

This year, 1,008 units have applied for the Awards (compared to 826 last year); these applications are being scrutinized and verified, and the Awards will be finalized by a jury chaired by Secretary (Power) on 28th November 2014. Each awardee is presented with a Certificate and a trophy. There are four levels of trophies: second prize, first prize, top-rank award (to a unit that wins the first prize for 3 consecutive years), and excellence award (to a unit that wins a top rank award for 2 consecutive years).

            Awards for 2014 are being finalized on 28th November 2014.


National Painting Competition on Energy Conservation


Prizes to schoolchildren who paint the best paintings during the national-level painting competition (held on 12th December every year in Delhi) are presented during the Nation Energy Conservation Day function. 18 prizes are presented during the function; another 26 consolation prizes are given away separately. The prizes are awarded in two categories: students in the 4th to 6th standards, and students in the 7th to 9th standards.

This year, 60.17 lakh students from 1.01 lakh schools participated in the school-level competitions across the country (compared to 45.07 lakhs in 2013, from 90,000 schools). Of these, 3,700 students (100 in each state) participated in the state-level competitions, and the best three from each state (in the 4th to 6th standard category) will participate in the national-level competition. Each prize-winning student is presented with a Certificate and a cash prize. The cash prizes are as follows:


National level Prizes (Category ‘A’ -4th to 6th Standard)


 

S.No

Awards

No. of Prizes

Amount(Rs.)

I

First Prize

(1 no.)

1,00,000/-

II

Second Prize

(4 nos.)

50,000/- each

III

Third Prize

(8 nos.)

25,000/- each

IV

Consolation Prize

(10 nos.)

10,000/- each

V

BEE Consolation Prize

(10 nos.)

10,000/- each

 

National level Prizes (Category ‘B’- 7th to 9th Standard)


 

S.No.

Awards

No. of Prizes

Amount (Rs.)

I

First Prize

(1 no.)

1,00,000/-

II

Second Prize

(2 nos.)

50,000/- each

III

Third Prize

(3 nos.)

25,000/- each

IV

Consolation Prize

(6 nos.)

10,000/- each

 


The national-level painting competition for children in Category A would take place in Delhi on 12th December 2014.


Launch of Web Portal for school children on Energy Conservation


  • To create mass awareness and outreach among school children across all segments of the society, it is proposed that a national movement amongst children to promote energy conservation, “Aao saath bijli bachain” is launched on ‘National Energy Conservation Day.
  • At the "going live" of the web portal, wewill connect to at-least 1 school in each state of the country, and directly communicate with the school children / teachers.
  • This portal will support the spread of a culture of energy efficiency among members of the school community, and help them in carrying out energy-conservation activities themselves, and to engage with their immediate environment including parents, teachers, friends and neighbours.
  • The portal will enable interaction amongst school children through:
    • Creation of Energy Clubs.
    • Competitions based on Energy Audits and savings in their schools.
    • Essay Competitions etc.
  • Children who achieve success in the competitions and tasks would be recognized for their achievement and awarded BUSS-labeled products, and assigned titles that recognize their progressive achievements.
  • The portal will be subsequently developed invernacular languages so as to maximize outreach among children all over the country.
  • The portal will eventually connect with approximately 50,000 schools across the country and create mass awareness on the need for Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency.
  • A category of best performing schools/high-achieving childrencould be included in the National Energy Conservation Awards in the subsequent years.
  • During the past years, the programme has already reached out to:
      • 1100 schools
      • All states and UTs of the country
      • 9 languages