UAE aims to cut 30% electricity, saving $68m/year
Ban on inefficient air con units to help Emirates control energy use
The import of air conditioning units into the UAE is to see much tighter control, as the government implements a plan to restrict the entry of inefficient systems.
A series of initiatives, including an energy efficiency labelling system for window and split-system units, are hoped to cut the UAE’s energy consumption by 30 per cent, saving AED250 million ($68m) a year.
Mohammad Saleh Badri, acting director general of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, said: “ Through the energy efficiency labelling system, people can see which air conditioners are ideal for use. The labelling scheme will categorise products from one star to five, with the five-star label being the most efficient.
Low-efficiency air conditioners already in the market place will be either sold or shipped elsewhere by the end of the year, in an agreement with traders.