March 8, 2021
By Eslam Abdelaal, UAE Regulatory Program Expert
The Emirates Authority for Standards and Metrology (ESMA) has announced the guidelines and timeframes for the enforcement of the new energy efficiency standards for air conditioners.
- Standard UAE.S 5010-1:2019: Labeling Energy Efficiency Label for Electrical Appliances Part 1: Household Air Conditioners
- Standard UAE.S 5010-5:2019: Labeling - Energy Efficiency Label for Electrical Appliances - Part five: Commercial and Central Air Conditioners
Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, all new air conditioner products shall comply with the requirements of the above standards as applicable and accompanied by a valid ECAS/EQM Certificate of Conformity indicating compliance with the latest applicable standard.
As for existing units/models in the UAE market that are still compliant with the previous standard 2016 version, manufacturers, suppliers and traders are given an additional six months (until the end of June 2021) to comply with the new standard requirements.
To take advantage of the six-month extension, ESMA invited the suppliers to submit an official request by Dec. 15, 2020.
A supplier that has failed to submit such a request before Dec. 15, 2020, will have to refer to ESMA and local authorities to receive instructions about the existing units on the market.
It's worth mentioning that the new standards determine higher minimum energy efficiency (MEPS) values for the energy efficiency classifications compared with the previous 2016 versions.