By Andy Sambidge
ESMA chief says aim is to remove non eco-friendly products from market.
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.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I use them already for a long time. Now 1 question is only DEWA saving energy? I have still to pay the bill from DEWA in the same amounth as befor. So wir people buying energy saving light bulbs an thinking also we can safe money... now in these case wir are not. That are my experiance. Only DEWA it self. Why????