The Ministry of Power (MoP) has notified the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Act, 2022.
Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 which was passed by Rajya Sabha on December 12, 2022, received the assent of the President on December 19, 2022 and was published for general information by Ministry of Law and Justice. Now, the MoP has released the notification for enforcement of Energy Conservation (Amendment) Act, 2022. The Act amends the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 to empower the central government to specify a carbon credit trading scheme. Designated consumers may be required to meet a proportion of their energy needs from non-fossil sources. The Energy Conservation and Sustainable Building Code will also apply to office and residential buildings with a connected load of 100 kilowatt or above. Energy consumption standards may be specified for vehicles and ship. The failure to comply with standards will be punishable with a penalty of up to Rs 1 million. Non-compliance in case of industrial unit or vessel will attract an additional penalty of up to twice the price of oil equivalent of energy consumed above the prescribed norm. Vehicle manufacturers in violation of fuel consumption norms will be liable to pay a penalty per unit of vehicles sold at Rs 25,000 (for non-compliance up to 0.2 liter per 100 km) and Rs 50,000 (for non-compliance exceeding 0.2 liter per 100 km).
The central government has notified that all the provisions of the said Act will come into force with effect from January 01, 2023.