Energy & Environment

The World Of Energy Efficiency in South Africa, the Middle East and East Asia

Programs introducing new standards and labeling regimes for electrical appliances and electronic equipment deliver the highest energy savings at the lowest cost. Here is an overview of the existing energy efficiency programs in a selection of markets across South Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.
( | Press Release | 2016-07-21 17:05:05 )
To reduce energy consumption while increasing energy security and tackling environmental issues, many countries have designed energy efficiency initiatives. The results show that programs introducing new standards and labeling regimes for electrical appliances and electronic equipment deliver the highest energy savings at the lowest cost.

Here is an overview of the existing energy efficiency programs in a selection of markets across South Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.

South Africa: Energy Efficiency
The South African Department of Trade and Industry’s notice No. 944 concerns energy efficiency and labeling requirements for specific audio/video equipment and various types of household appliances. The South African Government Gazette VC9008 includes the complete list of technical requirements and the compulsory specifications becoming effective as follows:

• Phase I – came into force on May 28, 2015 and covers audio/video equipment
• Phase II – came into force on August 28, 2015 and covers dishwashers, electric ovens, refrigerators and freezers, tumble dryers, washer-dryer combinations, and washing machines
• Phase III – will come into force on May 28, 2016 and will cover air conditioners and pumps for space heating and cooling

Middle East: Energy Labeling
A number of initiatives exist across the region:

Saudi Arabia
The country’s mandatory energy labeling program focuses on:

• Air conditioners (SASO 2663:2014, SASO 2681:2013, SASO 2682:2013)
• Washing machines (SASO 2692:2013, SASO 2683:2007, SASO 2693:2007)
• Refrigeration appliances (SASO 2664:2013)

Newly implemented categories include rotating electrical machines (SASO IEC 60034-30:2013) and lighting products (SASO 2870).

United Arab Emirates
The UAE also regulates the energy labeling of household or commercial air conditioners, refrigeration appliances, washers/dryers and lighting products.

As part of its Free Trade Agreement with the EU, Jordan has implemented – since 2003 – technical regulations on:

• standby-power for household and office equipment, aligned with Regulation (EC) 1275/2008
• the efficiency of external power supplies, aligned with Regulation (EC) 278/2009

East Asia: Regulatory Landscape
Korea’s labeling program (including Minimum Energy Performance Standards, or MEPS) for target products such as refrigerators and air conditioners was launched over two decades ago. The country’s regulatory body also runs the E-Standby Program, which aims to reduce the standby power consumption of electronic appliances and office equipment. Products that do not satisfy the standby power specification are subject to mandatory indication through a “Warning Label.”

Thailand has introduced a mandatory certification mark (the TIS Logo) that is operated by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute. Beside product safety aspects, the program also regulates MEPS requirements for a specific range of products.

Other countries
Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines have all implemented similar MEPS and labeling programs. It is expected that the requirements will be harmonized via an Agreement on ASEAN regulatory regimes.

Global differences
While MEPS and Efficiency Labeling programs are widely implemented around the world, the controlled scopes vary considerably by the type of product covered. Most energy efficiency programs focus on, but are not limited to, household appliances such as air conditioners, washing machines and refrigeration appliances.

The following table shows when the two main types of energy efficiency program were implemented (if at all) in various economies.

Economic MEPS Start Year Labeling Program Start Year
Australia 1992 1992
Japan 1999 1995
China 1989 1998
Taiwan 1999 2000
Korea 1992 1992 - 1999 (Standby)
Thailand 2010 2003
Malaysia 1996 2003
Singapore 2011 2008
India - 2006
Indonesia Under consideration 2011
Vietnam 2013 2011
South Africa 2015 2015
Ghana 2014 2014
Mexico 1995 1995
Brazil - 2012
Colombia 2016 (Proposed) 2016 (Proposed)
Chile 2012 - 13 2012 - 13
Saudi Arabia - 2009
UAE - 2013
Jordan 2013 2013

Achieving international Type Approval
Written with the help of our global network of regulatory compliance experts, SGS has produced a white paper that includes a comprehensive list of certification and market access requirements for electrical and electronic products. Covering most markets around the world, the white paper – called “International Type Approval – ITA, for Electrical and Electronic Products” can be downloaded free of charge.

For more information on energy efficiency requirements for E&E products and our related services, please contact:

Michael Jaenecke
Global Certification Manager
SGS Korea Co., Ltd
t: +82 31 689 5038

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.

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