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UAE aims to cut 30% electricity, saving $68m/year

Ban on inefficient air con units to help Emirates control energy use

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Ban on inefficient air conditioning to save 30% of UAE's electricity. (Getty Images)
Ban on inefficient air conditioning to save 30% of UAE's electricity. (Getty Images)

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.
 

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