The Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 has been passed by the Rajya Sabha via a voice vote.
The bill seeks to mandate the use of non-fossil energy sources such as biomass, ethanol and green hydrogen and allows for carbon credit trading in the country. The bill outlines penalties for violations by industrial units, vessels, and manufacturers in case of non-compliance of fuel consumption norms by vehicles. Further, the Energy Conservation Code for buildings shall forthwith apply to office and residential buildings having connected load of 100 kW and above. Meanwhile, the state government has been given the liberty to reduce the building load up to 50KW. The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha for passage on December 8, 2022. Notably, the bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in August 2022.