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China, New EE Standards and Announcement of 15th Batch CEL Product Implementation Guidelines

New standard updates were announced and adopted for China Energy Label (CEL) for motors and ventilation fans.

AC fan units.

September 24, 2020

Written By: Chian Haw Yong, ASEAN and Greater China Global Market Access Lead

The following standards were announced and adopted for China Energy Label (CEL) evaluation:


GB standards

Replacing GB standards

Implementation date


GB 18613-2020

Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and values of efficiency grades for motors

GB 18613-2012


GB 25958-2010


Ventilation fan


Minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and energy efficiency grades for fan

GB 19761-2009


Motors and ventilation fans are regulated for mandatory CEL, and starting from June 1, 2021, new applications and renewals of motors and ventilation fans for CEL will have to refer to the new GB standards.

Apart from that, the CEL regulator had announced the 15th batch of CEL product covering the following:

CEL number


CEL standards

Effective date

CEL 038-2020

Permanent magnet synchronous motors

GB 30253-2013

July 1, 2020

CEL 010-2020 replacing CEL 010-2016

Room A/C

GB 21455-2019

CEL 004-2020

Unitary A/C

GB 19576-2019
GB 19576-2004

Nov. 1, 2020

CEL 041-2020

Ducted A/C

GB 37479-2019

CEL 042-2020

Low ambient temperature air source heat pumpswater chiller packages

GB 37480-2019

A one-year grace period is given in order to comply to the new CEL requirement.

How we can help

  • Test and issue test report according to newly adopted GB standard from CEL test laboratory.
  • Monitor and keep manufacturers informed about the regulatory changes.
  • Provide training to manufacturers regarding the new requirement in newly adopt GB standard.

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