By Sarah Townsend
Environment ministry orders new study into energy-guzzling domestic air conditioning units
Qatar’s environment ministry has shelved plans to phase out energy-guzzling domestic air conditioning units.
The department had intended to gradually stop the sale of inefficient units and introduce new, more environmentally friendly ones from this autumn to reduce national energy consumption and residents’ bills.
However, The Peninsula newspaper reported on Saturday that all plans to remove conventional units from the local market have been put on hold pending further study.
Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, assistant undersecretary for standards and specifications at the Ministry of Environment, said an expert committee established by the ministry is studying the technical specifications of eco-friendly air conditioners.
“This is to avoid importing defective air conditioners,” he was quoted as saying. “We need to study the durability and effectiveness of the new A/Cs for a long time before importing.”
He added that the ministry will soon issue a decision banning import of tungsten lights of 100 watts and 75 watts, and replace them by energy-saving “LED” lights.