Ministry warns against violating green AC ruleby Kim Kemp on Mar 24, 2016
Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment has warned of legal action against traders and importers violating its decision to ban the import and sale of all conventional air conditioners from July 1, 2016
Importing, sale, storage and display of all ACs that do not meet the Qatari and Gulf standards has been banned and only energy-saving ACs will be allowed in the market from 1 July.
The new ruling forms part of the second phase of a campaign to ease out substandard electrical appliances from the market.
The objective of the rationalisation program on all electrical appliances is to save an average of 20% of energy.
Qatar General Organization for Standardisation (QS) advised that it will conduct rigorous inspection campaigns to ensure conformity of these merchandises with the approved standards, in partnership with the authorities.
Based on the accompanying certificates, the authority will coordinate with Kahramaa to select random samples of AC batches imported, for laboratory testing to verify compliance with the standards, The Peninsula reports.
“All necessary legal actions shall be taken against equipment and materials not conforming to the referred standards,” said a QS statement.
It has been proven that energy consumption from air conditioning units account for about 70% of the total electricity produced in the buildings sector.
Therefore, decreasing air conditioning energy consumption depends on five key factors: improving thermal insulation in houses, improving the sealed closure of the residence against air leakage, selecting decent quality energy-saving appliances, conducting consistent upkeep of ACs, and finally the advisable modification of indoor temperature.
About eight million units are currently in use throughout Qatar, with about 70% of which are of the window-mounted type, according to the 2014 Statistical Book.
The new campaign will start on 1 July and the regulatory authorities will monitor ports and markets to ensure that the application of energy efficiency criteria is being upheld as set in the Standard.
The anticipated outcome is that it will then be easy to apply the energy efficiency standard to new buildings so that all buildings would become energy-saving.
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