The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has decided to extend voluntary star rating labelling for washing machines and microwave ovens for one more year. This would be mean, for these appliances which are currently under the voluntary Standard & Labelling (S&L) programme, star labelling would become mandatory only from January 1, 2022.

Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said this extension will bring some respite to consumer durable companies in these challenging times.

In a notice, BEE said that that, “validity of the star rating table for washing machine/microwave ovens under the voluntary program has been extended till 31.12.2021”. It was earlier valid till December 31, 2020.

Kamal Nandi, President – CEAMA, & Business Head & EVP – Godrej Appliances said, “The extension will provide much needed time to the manufacturers for developing the required infrastructure and seek NABL accreditation for in-house test setup as appropriate. Also, since the

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