BRESL - Barrier Removal to the Cost Effective Development and Implementation of Energy Standards and Labelling

What is the project about?

Green technologies are steadily entering the market in Bangladesh. This new approach is crucial to fight climate change. Photo: Mohammad Asad / UNDP Bangladesh

BRESL project is an energy saving regional project with the participation of six countries – Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

 Bangladesh has a population of more than 150 million, an annual electricity use of approximately 21,408 GWH/year, peak electricity demand of 5000 MW, and an electricity growth rate of approximately 7.5% per year. Currently, no standards exist to state how much energy appliances should be using, opening the door to exaggerated energy consumption.

Bangladesh and five other countries have called on the technical assistance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to assess minimum energy performance standards for a number of products and to support the systematic labelling process.

Bangladesh has been working on developing standards and labelling previously, but its process was hindered by financial, policy, technology and information barriers.  A redoubled push was made through the National Energy Policy, which enabled awareness campaigns and the gradual implementation of energy efficiency programs. The project aims at rapidly accelerating the adoption and implementation of energy standards and labelling throughout Asia.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • A training module and capacity building strategy has been created for manufactures, as well as as Recommendations for revision of standards.
  • 48 Training/Workshops/Seminar were completed on energy standards and labelling policy making
  • 4500 participants took part of an awareness Campaign
  • 10 idea exchange meetings were arranged with manufactures of compact fluorescent lights
  • Six hands-on-training for factory technician (foreman, line supervisor and armeture man) have been completed
  • Energy Star Label License was issued for three manufactures of compact fluorescent lights and one manufactures of electric fan. 
  • 11 factory visits were undertaken (from compact fluorescent lights, fans industries, air-conditioners and refrigerators)
  • Six technical working groups were created, headed by national expert of UNDP and the government, and representatives of relevant industries.
  • Feasibility studies and situation analysis of energy standards and labelling in Bangladesh are completed     

Energy efficiency standards have been determined for:

  • Air-conditioners
  • Refrigerators
  • Electric motors
  • Electric fans
  • Ballasts for FTLs
  • Compact Fluorescent Lamp 

Who finances it?


Amount contributed (Total)  for July 2010-June 2014

Global Environment Facility

$ 7 million for 6 countries

Global Environment Facility

$ 1 million for Bangladesh including HQ at China 

 Government Of Bangladesh

 $ 2 million  in term of in-kind support from  as Office space, designated staff, Logistic etc.

 Government Of Bangladesh

$ 10945.00 in cash.

Project Overview
Project start date
July 2010
Estimated end date
June 2014
Geographic coverage
South Asian region
Focus area
Environment and energy
UNDP Project Manager
Shahjahan Chowdhury.
Ministry of Industries, Ministry of E F, MoEPMR, IMED, ERD, Ministry of Planning