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UAE plans blitz on inefficient light bulbs

ESMA chief says aim is to remove non eco-friendly products from market

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Measures are being taken to lower energy consumption
Measures are being taken to lower energy consumption

The UAE is planning to stop the sale of inefficient light bulbs and air conditioning units in a bid to cut energy consumption, it was reported on Sunday.

The country is poised to launch an educational campaign which would alert residents and investors to the efficient products by the stars and certificates accorded to them.

Once demand for these energy-saving appliances picks up, the government will move to restrict the circulation of inefficient products and later on, remove them from the system by virtue of a federal law, Emirates Business reported.

"ACs, which are not efficient, will not be traded in the UAE," Mohamed Saleh Badri, acting director-general of Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) told the paper.

"We are trying to get rid of low efficiency products to assist the economy of the UAE," he added.

He said power companies such as DEWA and ADWEA had already welcomed the idea and were collaborating with ESMA.

Badri said ESMA was currently carrying out a study into how energy efficient air con units in the UAE were and how many would not meet the new standard.

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