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

Abstract 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.
Date 2008 March
Author Zhou, Nan
Publisher Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Series LBNL Report 251E
8 Energy Intensive Industries, 8.4 Monitoring, Standards and Labels