March 9, 2021
By Paola Pesconi, EAC regulatory program expert
Russia and Belarus have introduced recent changes and updates regarding the national requirements for energy efficiency currently in place in the two countries.
Russia and Belarus are also part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which is involved in the development of common technical regulations for energy efficiency that will replace national regulations to harmonize the requirements in all the EAEU Member Countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia). Implementation of the new regulation expected for September 2021 will most likely delay, and until it becomes a mandatory implementation, national requirements are to be considered.
Belarus — standards updates
Products to be sold in Belarus require, in addition to the EAC mark, a certificate to show compliance with energy efficiency standards issued by an accredited Belarusian Certification Body. An energy label shall also be placed on products of the specified categories.
Belarusian regulators implemented the scheme in 2016 and published updated editions of the involved standards last year. The main changes are in the structure, terms and definitions, and referenced standards. No additional tests are required for already approved products.
Amendments to the energy labeling standards were also introduced in December 2020, aiming to harmonize the layout of the Belarusian labels. Major changes to align with the latest European Directives were not taken into consideration by these amendments.
Requirements and test methods - new editions
|Standard name||Standard designation||Replace|
|Household refrigerating devices, energy efficiency requirements and test methods||STB 2474-2020||STB 2474-2016 from Jan. 1, 2021|
|Domestic ovens, hobs and range hoods. Energy efficiency. Requirements||STB 2477-2020||STB 2477-2017 from Jan. 1, 2021|
|Household air conditioners and fans. Energy efficiency. Requirements||STB 2462-202||STB 2462-2016 from Jan. 1, 2021|
|Household dishwashing machines. Energy efficiency. Requirements and test methods||STB 2456-2020||STB 2456-2016 from Jan. 1, 2021|
|Household washing machines. Energy efficiency. Requirements and test methods||STB 2457-2020||STB 2457-2016 from Jan. 1, 2021|
|External power supplies. Energy efficiency. Requirements for power consumption at idle and average effective efficiency. Test methods||STB 2463-2020||STB 2463-2016 from Feb. 1, 2021|
|Fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, high intensity discharge lamps, ballasts and lamps for such lamps. Energy efficiency. Requirements and test methods||STB 2460-2020||STB 2460-2016 from Feb. 1, 2021|
|Non-directional household lamps. Energy efficiency. Requirements and test methods||STB 2476-2020||STB 2476-2016 from Feb. 1, 2021|
|Single speed, three-phase, squirrel cage induction motors. Energy efficiency. Requirements and test methods||STB 2332-2020||STB 2332-2013 from Feb., 2021|
Energy efficiency labeling - amendments
Russia — Ecodesign requirements for the lighting sector
Different from Belarus, Russia has not developed a certification scheme dedicated to energy efficiency, but national laws and resolutions concerning energy labeling and other requirements are enforced and shall be considered for products to be placed on the Russian market.
Regarding ecodesign for lighting products, a new document is now in effect since the beginning of 2021. The Resolution No. 2255 “On approval of requirements for lighting devices and electric lamps used in alternating current circuits for lighting purposes” dated Dec. 24, 2020, covers performance and energy efficiency for general purpose lamps and luminaires, including different light sources.
The updates and clarifications introduced with this newly published resolution must be considered valid, while the Decree No. 1356 dated Nov. 10, 2017, and previously in force, has been withdrawn. Manufacturers should show compliance with these requirements within the technical documentation of the product.
The Russian resolution will lose its validity with the mandatory implementation of the Eurasian Economic Union Technical Regulation of energy efficiency and with the introduction of energy verifications under the EAC mark.
Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) upcoming technical regulation
A new technical regulation was adopted on Aug. 8, 2019, by the Eurasian Economic Commission and it is to be considered for market access in the five countries that are part of the union: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
This regulation sets mandatory energy efficiency and energy labeling requirements in addition to safety, EMC, RoHS and other regulations to be considered before affixing the EAC mark of conformity.
Products impacted are listed in Annex 1:
In January, the Economic Commission Council approved the proposal to postpone the enforcement date for this new technical regulation, now set for Sept. 1, 2022. The rules about energy label layout and the list of standards applicable to each category will be defined and published by the authorities to complete the regulatory framework needed to proceed with conformity assessment and labeling of products.
After the enforcement date, a two-year transition period is allowed. This means that the requirements will become mandatory no earlier than Sept. 1, 2024. At the end of the transition period, energy efficiency verification to obtain EAC mark and energy label on products will be necessary to access Russian, Belarus or any EAEU member countries. Further updates are expected on this topic.
Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Union "On requirements for the energy efficiency of energy-consuming devices" (TR EAEU 048/2019) adopted by the Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission no. 114 dated August 8, 2019 and latest amendments.
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