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Colombia – RETIQ Requirements Updated

Updates to RETIQ, the Colombian regulation for energy efficiency, applicable to household and commercial appliances.

Household water heater

December 15, 2020

Written by: Daniela Tejeda – Regulatory Program Expert

RETIQ is the Colombian regulation for energy efficiency, applicable to:

  • Air conditioners
  • Refrigerators/freezers (household and commercial)
  • Lighting ballast
  • Electric motors
  • Water heaters
  • Gas cooking appliances

On August 31, 2020, Ministry of Energy and Mines published Resolution 40247 containing modifications to the articles.

Section 1. Air conditioners

Scope - Update

For air conditioners with a cooling capacity greater than 10,540 W and up to 17,580 W are required to show compliance with RETIQ starting on April 21, 2021.

Out of scope — Update

Portable air conditioners with equal or lower cooling capacities at 1,000 W.

Energy efficiency class update — New energy efficiency class definitions as follows:

Energy performance ranges:

For the classification of room air conditioners and compact terminal units with air cooled condenser up to 10,540 W:

Until December 31, 2021

Class

Lower limit (included)

Upper limit

A

3,75

E.E.C*

B

3,50

3,75

C

3,25

3,50

D

3,00

3,25

E

2,75

3,00

 

Starting  Dec. 1, 2022

Class

Lower limit (included)

Upper limit

A

4,00

E.E.C*

B

3,75

4,00

C

3,50

3,75

D

3,25

3,50

E

3,00

3,25

For precision type air conditioners (new ranges established):

Class

Lower limit (included)

Upper limit

A

3,40

E.E.C*

B

3,10

3,40

C

2,80

3,10

D

2,50

2,80

E

2,20

2,50

Energy efficiency ranges for air conditioners with capacities of cooling greater than 10,540 watts and up to 17,580 watts:

Until December 31, 2021

Class

Lower limit (included)

Upper limit

A

3,75

E.E.C*

B

3,50

3,75

C

3,25

3,50

D

3,00

3,25

E

2,75

3,00

 

Starting on December 1, 2022

Class

Lower limit (included)

Upper limit

A

4,00

E.E.C*

B

3,75

4,00

C

3,50

3,75

D

3,25

3,50

E

3,00

3,25

All tables available here.

Labeling requirements, text added — Maximum area to be conditioned in square meters (m2). In the case of mini split type equipment, type wall, replace with text that says, "Do not use more than one device per room."

Air conditioners unique design labeling requirements added – Applicable to air conditioners with condenser and evaporator with variations, label information must be shown at the time of importing those type of products.

New label design for

  • Precision type air conditioners
  • Generic multi split
  • Particular multi split

Family product categories — Declare the type of equipment according to one of the following classifications, either single room air conditioner (RAC) or air conditioner in central system (CAC - Central Air Conditioner), like this:

Window

• Laptop

• Mini split

  • Cassette
  • Floor - ceiling
  • Wall
  • Fan-coil

Package

• Split central

• Multi split

• Accuracy

  • Upward flow
  • Downflow

Section 2. Refrigerators

Standards – Addition of the following equivalent standards for testing:

  • NTC 5891:2011-12-14 “Refrigeration appliances, characteristics and test methods”
  • NTC-IEC 62552-1:2019 “Refrigeration appliances, characteristics and test methods. Part 1: Requirements” (Equivalent to IEC 62552-1:2015)
  • NTC-IEC 62552-2:2019 “Refrigeration appliances, characteristics and test methods. Part 2: Performance” (Equivalent to IEC 62552-1:2015)
  • NTC-IEC 62552-2:2019 “Refrigeration appliances, characteristics and test methods. Part 3: Energy consumption and volume” (Equivalent to IEC 62552-1:2015)
  • IEC 62552-1:2015

Note: IEC 62552:2007 version will still be used as equivalent method until Aug. 31, 2021.

Scope and exemptions – Update information:

Household

  • Refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers of up to 850 liters operated by hermetic moto compressor.
  • Freezers of up to 1,104 liters operated by hermetic motor compressor.

Commercial refrigerators, freezers and refrigerators-freezers

  • Vertical ≥ 50 liters
  • Horizontal ≥ 110 liters
  • Display cabinets ≥ 200 liters

Does not apply to

  • Wine cellars
  • Refrigerated drawers and beverage centers
  • Cold room
  • Water dispensers
  • Ice machines

Energy efficiency classification – Gradual updates to the values for classification:

Energy efficiency range

Relative saving Ar (%)

Relative saving Ar (%)

Relative saving Ar (%)

Validity

Until August 31, 2021

Starting on September 1, 2021

Starting on September 1, 2023

A

Ar ≥ 56

Ar ≥ 67

Ar ≥ 67

B

56 ˃ Ar ≥ 45

67 ˃ Ar ≥ 56

67 ˃ Ar ≥ 56

C

45 ˃ Ar ≥ 35

56 ˃ Ar ≥ 42

56 ˃ Ar ≥ 42

D

35 ˃ Ar ≥ 25

42 ˃ Ar ≥ 25

Eliminated

E

25 ˃ Ar ≥ 15

Eliminated

Eliminated

F

15 ˃ Ar ≥ 5

Eliminated

Eliminated

G

5 ˃ Ar ≥ -20

Eliminated

Eliminated

Testing temperature

According to climate class 25° C or 32° C

32° C for all climate classes

32° C for all climate classes

Table available here

Note: The evaluation of household refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers at 32 ° C will be required for equipment in climatic classes SN, N and ST for new models and for previously certified models, starting on Sept. 1, 2021.

Statement – In a time not exceeding six years, the energy efficiency ranges for commercial refrigerators, freezers and refrigerators-freezers will be reviewed.

Section 3. Motors

Energy Efficiency values – Update

NEMA classification

Number of poles

Engine power (kW)

Efficiency (%)

Lower limit (not included)

Upper limit (included)

4

2

0,36

1,50

56

4

2

1,50

3,73

73

6

2

3,73

5,60

74

6

2

5,595

7,46

77

6

2

7,46

11,19

80

Minimum efficiency for single phase submersible motors for deep well or "pen" type (%) 60 Hz

NEMA classification

Number of poles

Engine power (kW)

Efficiency (%)

Lower limit (not included)

Upper limit (included)

4

2

0,36

1,49

64

4

2

1,49

3,73

73

4

2

3,73

5,60

75

4

2

5,60

7,46

75

6

2

3,73

7,46

77

6

2

7,46

11,19

79

6

2

11,19

14,92

80

6

2

14,92

22,38

81

6

2

22,38

29,84

83

6

2

29,84

44,76

83

8

2

29,84

44,76

86

8 ≥

2

44,76

˃ 44,76

87

Minimum efficiency for three-phase submersible motors for deep well or "pen" type (%) 60 Hz

Tables available here

11.1.1.3 Minimum efficiency for commercialization – Added

Single-phase motors with an efficiency lower than 50% are not allowed to be sold according to the following:

  1. Five years after the entry into force of this regulation (Aug. 31, 2021), the minimum limit corresponds to the lower limit of range C (High efficiency - IE2)
  2. Seven years from the entry into force of this regulation (August 31, 2023), the minimum limit will correspond to the lower limit of range B (Premium Efficiency - IE3) and will apply to power switches with powers ≥ 0.75 kW.

Three-phase motors having IE2 energy efficiency classification will be allowed to be marketed in Colombia until December 31, 2020. IE2 motors below 7.5 W are still allowed to be sold until further notice.

Tables for nominal limits for IE1, IE2 and IE3 updated integrating the 11.19 (11.2) kW nominal powers.

Equivalent standards – The addition of the Colombian Technical Standard NTC 3477:2016 “Rotating electrical machines. Methods for determining losses and efficiency from tests (Excluding machines for traction vehicles)" as a test method.

Scope and exemptions – Update limit

Single-phase induction electric motors of alternating current with 0.18 [kW] to 11.19 (11.2) [kW], 60[Hz], voltage up to 240 [V], 2,4,6 poles, split phase and condenser, open and closed.

Three-phase induction electric motors squirrel cage for 60 Hz with 0.18 [kW] to 373 [kW], 60[Hz], voltage upper to 600 [V], open and closed, with horizontal or vertical mounting position.

The RETIQ labeling for three-phase motors for "Dahlander" type double winding motors will be mandatory starting on April 1, 2021, and is applicable only for the winding under which the motor operates more efficiently.

RETIQ requirements suspended for pen type.

Exemptions

Electric motors that meet one or more of the following conditions are exempt:

  • Motors with voltage higher than single-phase 240 V, three-phase 600 V
  • Single-phase and three-phase with nominal power less than 180 W
  • Electric motors that are manufactured exclusively as spare parts for household appliances, machines and tools
  • Motors designed exclusively for operation with electric converters
  • Engines that are imported or manufactured to be incorporated as an integral part in the production of machines and tools
  • Motors built into submersible pump housings other than the pen type

Label information — Updated

Section 4. Water Heaters

Labeling – Update

Range G eliminated.

Section 5. Gas cooking appliances

Label information – Updated

Information to be included in the label:

  • In case of a gas cooking appliance with high efficiency, the wording “EQUIPO DE ALTA POTENCIA” referring to the high efficiency type must be included
  • Number of burners must be indicated for worktables and ovens products
  • Calorific consumption (kW) for worktables and worktable and grill
  • Maintenance consumption (kW) and Calorific consumption (kW) for ovens
  • Indicate valve block as yes or no for worktables and ovens
  • Indicate ignition type as manual or electronic applicable to worktables and ovens
  • Indicate gas type as Gas Natural-GN for natural gas, Gas Licuado de Petróleo-GLP for LPG gas and Dual Natural o GLP for both natural and LPG
  • For working tables and ovens, include the “consumption saving index” in (%) as well as equivalent monthly energy consumption

16.3.1.1.1 – Labeling ranges

Labeling ranges for gas cooking appliances with high efficiency will be published in a time not exceeding six years from the entry into force of this resolution.

16.3.1.2.1 – Clarification

The declared return value (52% ≥) for open burners does not apply to open burners for gas cooking appliances with high efficiency.

Exemptions – Update

Designed gas cooking equipment for sporadic outdoor use.

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