The BEE will coordinate the Small-Scale Programme of Activities (SSC-PoA) and will support the project implementer(s) in implementing the CDM Programme Activities (CPAs) in India through collaboration with Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOMs). The scheme after implementation will result in reducing GHG emissions (CO2) from power plants connected to the grid.
Under the BLY scheme quality long-life CFLs would be distributed by SSC-CPA implementer(s) to grid-connected residential households in exchange of an incandescent lamp (ICL) and INR 15. Once the CFLs have reached their end of life or any CFLs which have failed prematurely during the project period, the SSC-CPA implementer(s) would arrange for the collection and disposal of CFLs as per applicable environmental norms.
To bridge the cost differential between the market price of the CFLs and the price at which they are distributed to households, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is harnessed. The SSC-CPA implementer(s) would cover the project cost through sale of GHG emission reductions achieved in their respective CPA areas.
The Bachat Lamp Yojana PoA is a scheme developed by BEE to promote energy efficient lighting in India. There are no mandatory requirements in India requiring the use of energy efficient CFL at the household level. All the key players under the scheme like the BEE and participating implementer(s), DISCOMs and households are voluntarily taking part under this scheme6. Further, right at the announcement of the scheme in May 2007 at the Conference of Chief Ministers, the project has been envisaged as a CDM project. The Bachat Lamp Yojana PoA was officially launched in February 2009.