Archive for 8.4 Monitoring, Standards and Labels

Evaluation of Local Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Program in China

As part of China’s commitment to promoting and improving the local enforcement of appliance energy efficiency standards and labeling, the China National Institute of Standardization launched a local enforcement of efficiency standards and labeling project on August 14, 2009. For this project, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Shanghai were selected as pilot locations. This paper provides information on the local enforcement project’s recent background, activities and results as well as comparison to previous rounds of check-testing in 2006 and 2007. In addition, the paper also offers evaluation on the achievement and weaknesses in the local enforcement scheme and recommendations based on international experience. The results demonstrate both improvement and some backsliding. Enforcement schemes are in place in all target cities and applicable national standards and regulations were followed as the basis for local check testing. Check testing results show in general high labeling compliance across regions for five products. But it also identified key weaknesses in labeling compliance in Sichuan as well as in the efficiency standards compliance levels for small and medium three-phase asynchronous motors and self-ballasted fluorescent lamps. In the case of refrigerators, the efficiency standards compliance rate exhibited a wider range of 50% to 100%, and the average rate across all tested models also dropped from 96% in 2007 to 63% in 2009, possibly due to the implementation of newly strengthened efficiency standards in 2009. In light of these results, this paper also identifies areas for improvement including in local awareness, product sampling methodology, check-testing tools and procedures.

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Local Enforcement of Appliance Efficiency Standards and Labeling Program in China: Progress and Challenges

As part of its commitment to promoting and improving the local enforcement of appliance energy efficiency standards and labeling, the China National Institute of Standardization launched the National and Local Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling program on August 14, 2009. For this program, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan and Shanghai were selected as pilot locations. This paper provides information on the local enforcement program’s recent background, activities and results as well as comparison to previous rounds of check-testing in 2006 and 2007. In addition, the paper also offers evaluation on the achievement and weaknesses in the local enforcement scheme and recommendations based on international experience. The results demonstrate both improvement and some backsliding. Enforcement schemes are in place in all target cities and applicable national standards and regulations were followed as the basis for local check testing. Check testing results show in general high labeling compliance across regions for five products. But it also identified key weaknesses in labeling compliance in Sichuan as well as in the efficiency standards compliance levels for small and medium three-phase asynchronous motors and selfballasted fluorescent lamps. In the case of refrigerators, in particular, the efficiency standards compliance rate exhibited a wider range of 50% to 100%, and the average rate across all tested models also dropped from 96% in 2007 to 63% in 2009, possibly due to the implementation of newly strengthened efficiency standards. This paper also identified areas for improvement including awareness at the local level, product sampling methodology, and testing tools and procedures.

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Comparison of Test Procedures and Energy Efficiency Criteria in Selected International Standards & Labeling Programs for Copy Machines, External Power Supplies, LED Displays, Residential Gas Cooktops and Televisions

This report presents a technical review of international minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), voluntary and mandatory energy efficiency labels and test procedures for five products being considered for new or revised MEPS in China: copy machines, external power supply, LED displays, residential gas cooktops and flat-screen televisions. For each product, an overview of the scope of existing international standards and labeling programs, energy values and energy performance metrics and description and detailed summary table of criteria and procedures in major test standards are presented.

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Status of China’s Energy Efficiency Standards and Labels for Appliances and International Collaboration

China first adopted minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) in 1989. Today, there are standards for a wide range of domestic, commercial and selected industrial equipment. In 1999, China launched a voluntary endorsement label, which has grown to cover over 40 products including water-saving products (See Figure 1). Further, in 2005, China started a mandatory energy information label (also referred to as the “Energy Label”). Today, the Energy Label is applied to four products including: air conditioners; household refrigerators; clothes washers; and unitary air conditioners.

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The Research on China’s Energy Efficiency Standards Implementation and Monitoring System

Related certification system for energy conservation products has been implemented since 1998, and energy labeling system for household refrigerators and room air conditioners was officially launched on March 1, 2005.In order to facilitate EES play a better role and, establish and perfect an EES implementation and supervision mechanism in our country, China National Institute of Standardization brings forward the project of “Research on EES Implementation and Monitoring System”.

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Technical Supporting Report for China Energy Efficiency Standard for External Power Supplies

China energy efficiency standard for external power supplies has been issued on May 21,2007 and been implemented on Dec 1,2008.

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Energy Conservation Potential for China Major Energy-using Products Through Standards and Labels

The China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) estimate that the implementation of minimum energy efficiency standards and information labeling programs for common domestic appliances and major energy-using industrial equipments in China can save almost 60 gigawatts of power by 2020, reduce the need to build 200 average power plants (300 megawatts each), and reduce residential electricity use by nearly 85 percent over the next 17 years. Most of these products are used widely in China but are not covered by existing mandatory energy efficiency standards. This report by CNIS and ACEEE examines current energy efficiency levels, manufacturers’ capacity for adopting new technology and producing new energy-efficient products, advanced international energy efficiency standards, and China’s technology development trends. Based on this research, they propose new energy efficiency standards for each of the products.

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Energy Saving Potential of Standards and Labeling in China, A Technical Note to USEPA

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