Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling for televisions in South Africa

Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling for televisions in South Africa

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has mandated the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) to implement the national Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards and Labelling (S&L) Programme. The Programme has been in place for large residential appliances since 2015, its success has resulted in an expansion of products with the support of CLASP, which includes the developing of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and an energy efficiency label for televisions in South Africa. Learn more at

The development of these standards to improve the energy performance of the televisions manufactured and imported into South Africa and an energy efficiency label to guide consumer buying choices is to lessen the burden of electronic goods on the grid considering the ongoing electricity crisis. Reducing energy consumption translates to reduced electricity costs and a reduction in Green House Gas emissions in line with the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). This project is crucial to improving the sustainability of the industry

Areas of opportunity for increased efficiencies in the market

Research on residential electricity consumption in South Africa, conducted in 2021, shows that 92% of households have one television while 36% have two or more. 60% of households have their TVs on for more than 4 hours a day.
The number of televisions owned is projected to grow to approximately 28.4 million units by 2032, directly increasing the energy use from televisions. Further, size of televisions screens has been increasing, which is directly increases the power used from the Televisions. In addition, there has been an evolution of televisions in the industry with other technology change that has recently taken place in many parts of the world including South Africa for example analogue broadcasts to digital.

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