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India to enforce energy efficiency in climate fight
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Source: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - India will make energy efficiency ratings a must for electric appliances, including airconditioners and refrigerators, from January, stepping up domestic efforts to fight climate change, officials said.

Power distribution transformers and fluorescent lights will also carry labels that provide information about the energy consumption of a product and enable customers to make an informed choice.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the efficiency ratings system will extend to all electric motors, colour televisions and LPG stoves by June, 2010. Labeling is currently voluntary.

"This will include all appliances in these categories to be sold in India or for export," Ramesh said.

Energy efficiency is a key focus in India's national climate change policy, unveiled last year and which lays out a roadmap to a green economy but doesn't fix a target for carbon emissions

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