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UAE appliances get mandatory energy efficiency labels

Rating system will help consumers compare products and could say millions per year

UAE appliances get mandatory energy efficiency labels
The UAE has introduced a mandatory new energy rating system on all domestic appliances. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

The UAE has introduced a mandatory new energy rating system on all domestic appliances to help consumers decide which are the most energy efficient, a move they claim could save up to AED400m ($108m) a year by 2016 on air conditioning units alone.

As part of the initiative by the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA), all domestic goods for sale must have a label showing how much electricity the appliance uses in a year, plus a star rating to show how energy efficient it is, the WAM news agency said.

Based on a system already in place in Australasia, but created specifically for the UAE, the new labels will help consumers make comparisons between various models and choose the most energy-efficient appliance that suits their needs.

The ESMA claimed the new initiative is expected to save the government AED400m a year by 2016 from energy savings on air conditioning units alone.

"As a provider and subsidiser of energy, this is a very important step for the government, as it will free up resources that will in turn contribute to the growth of the economy," said Abdulla Abdelqadir Al Maeeni, director of the ESMA Conformity Affairs Department. "We are committed to this initiative, and products that do not have a star rating will not be allowed into the UAE,” he said.

The first products to undergo the energy ratings labelling system were residential air conditioning units. Washing machines were added to the list from June 2013, after legislation was passed in early April.

Other products currently being addressed by the ESMA board and expected to be included in the legislation over the coming months include cooling and refrigeration products, lights, water heaters, motors and water pumps.

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