NRCan Expected to Lay Out New Energy Efficiency Testing Requirements by End of 2010
In October 2009, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced that they would be redefining standby power performance requirements for compact audio products, televisions and video products imported into the Canadian market. Regulations are expected to be proposed by the end of 2010, and in order to comply, all products will need to receive an energy efficiency verification mark from a Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification body, such as UL.
Besides NRCan, UL's Energy Efficiency Certification program tests and certifies products for their compliance to various other energy efficiency requirements, making UL well-positioned to meet these industries' evolving needs as regulations are revised. In many cases, products that comply with International ENERGY STAR® will exceed Canadian requirements for energy efficiency.
Manufacturers should also note that upon the release of NRCan's new energy efficiency requirements:
- All products manufactured before July 1, 2010 will not be considered regulated products.
- All products manufactured after July 2010 are regulated products and must comply with NRCan's standards if they are imported or cross provincial borders for the purposes of sale or lease.
- If the product is already in the country, it will only be required to comply with the regulations (with the exception of reporting requirements) if it crosses provincial borders for the purposes of sale or lease.
For more information, please contact Tom Juliano.