Manufacturers and Importers

Manufacturers and Importers

South Africa has Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations that assist consumers to purchase energy efficient appliances. The Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations have two components. Firstly, the regulations require that appliances carry a South African Energy Efficiency Label so consumers are informed of the likely energy consumption of an appliance before they purchase it. Secondly, the regulations protect consumers by prohibiting the sale of appliances that do not meet the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Benefits for Manufacturers and Importers

The Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations benefit manufacturers and importers by:

  • Ensuring competitors with energy intensive products are unable to access the South African market: manufacturers and importers of energy intensive products will not be able to access the South African market as these appliances do not conform to the South African Appliance Standards and Labelling regulations.
  • Ensuring that consumers know which appliances are energy efficient: the South African Energy Efficiency label will help consumers to compare the energy efficiency of similar appliances and assist consumers in calculating the lifetime cost of running an appliance, which will benefit manufacturers and importers who have invested in the energy efficiency of their appliances.
  • Helping manufacturers and importers to play a role in protecting the planet: manufacturers and importers can now play a role in reducing electricity consumption in South Africa therefore reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of South Africa and helping to reduce the impact of climate change.

Obligations of Manufacturers and Importers

In terms of the regulations manufacturers and importers have two obligations:

  • Manufacturers and importers must secure a Letter of Authority (LOA) for each appliance to be sold in South Africa indicating that the appliance meets the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), and conforms to the relevant standard in South Africa. Go to the Letter of Authority page to get more details on the application process.
  • Manufacturers and importers must supply a South African Energy Efficiency label to retailers for each of their appliances for display in show rooms and in online stores.

Standards and Labelling Regulations

The National Energy Act No 34 of 2008 allows the Minister of Energy to make regulations for the ‘labelling for energy efficiency purposes of household appliances, devices and motor vehicles’  and the ‘prohibition of the manufacture, or importation or sale of electrical and electronic products and fuel burning appliances for reasons of poor energy efficiency’. The following relevant regulations have been promulgated:

VC
Description
Government Notice
Date
Gazette Number
VC 8043Compulsory Specification for Incandescent LampsR 747 Feb 201437228
VC 9006Compulsory Specification for Hot Water Storage tanks for domestic useR 91312 Aug 201640205
VC 9008Compulsory Specification for Energy Efficiency and Labelling of Electrical and Electronic ApparatusR 94428 Nov 201438232
VC 9091Compulsory Specification for Single-Capped Fluorescent LampsR 37923 May 201437654

South African Energy Efficiency Label

A number of appliances sold in the South Africa must be labelled with a South African Energy Efficiency Label. The label indicates how much electricity the appliance is expected to use and how the efficiency of the appliance is rated in relation to other appliances in the same category.   A detailed guide to energy efficiency labelling has been developed to assist importers, manufacturers and retailers to understand labelling requirements.

An example of a label for a washing machine is shown below. Labels for various categories of appliances differ depending on the functioning of the appliance, however, all labels include seven energy efficiency classes and the energy efficiency class of the particular appliance is labelled clearly.

Appliances which require the label

Appliance Category
Label Size
Label Mandatory
Key energy efficiency information shown
Air Conditioners110 mm X 200 mmYesAnnual energy consumption in cooling mode
Dishwashers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Electric Ovens110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per standard load
Fridges and Freezers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per year
Storage Water Heater110 mm X 200 mmYesThe rate of heat loss of the storage water heater over a 24 hour period
Light bulbs (Electric lamps)55 mm X 100 mmOptionalThe watts drawn to operate
Tumble Dryers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Washer-dryers110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle
Washing Machines110 mm X 200 mmYesThe estimated kWh used per cycle

Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)

South Africa has put in place regulations that require appliances sold in South Africa to meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). These regulations have been put in place to protect consumers from purchasing appliances that use a wasteful amount of electricity. It is therefore illegal to sell appliances on the South African Market that do not meet these MEPS. For example, all air conditioners sold in South Africa must have a rating of Class B or better.

The following MEPS have been specified:

 

Appliance Category
MEPS
Air ConditionersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B
Audio-visual EquipmentIn passive standby mode power consumption should not exceed 1 W, except for set-top boxes which must not exceed 3 W
DishwashersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A
Electric Ovens (Large)Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B
Electric Ovens (Small & Medium)Minimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A
FreezersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class C
FridgesMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B
Fridge-freezersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B
Storage Water HeaterMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class B
Tumble DryersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class D
Washer-dryersMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A
Washing MachinesMinimum Energy Efficiency Rating of Class A

Standards

A number of standards have been established in South Africa that specify the details of the labelling of each appliance category and for measuring the performance of an appliance in this category to determine if it conforms with the regulations. The applicable standards per appliance category are listed in the table below:

 

Appliance
Standard
Details
Air ConditionersSANS 54511-3Air conditioners, liquid chilling packages and heat pumps with electrically driven compressors for space heating and cooling Part 3: Test methods
Air ConditionersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Household electrical appliancesSANS 62087Methods of measurement for the power consumption of audio, video and related equipment
Household electrical appliancesSANS 62087-1Audio, video, and related equipment — Determination of power consumption Part 1: General
Household electrical appliancesSANS 62301Household electrical appliances — Measurement of standby power
Household electrical appliancesSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
DishwashersSANS 50242Electric dishwashers for household use — Methods for measuring the performance
DishwashersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Electric Ovens LargeSANS 60350-1Household electric cooking appliances – Part 1: Ranges, ovens, steam ovens and grills – Methods for measuring performance.
Electric Ovens LargeSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Electric Ovens Small & MediumSANS 60350-1Household electric cooking appliances – Part 1: Ranges, ovens, steam ovens and grills – Methods for measuring performance.
Electric Ovens Small & MediumSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
FreezersSANS 62552Household refrigerating appliances — Characteristics and test methods
FreezersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Fridge-freezersSANS 62552Household refrigerating appliances — Characteristics and test methods
Fridge-freezersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
FridgesSANS 62552Household refrigerating appliances — Characteristics and test methods
FridgesSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Storage Water HeaterSANS 151Fixed electric storage water heaters
Light bulbs (Electric lamps)SANS 60081Double-capped fluorescent lamps — Performance specifications. (Currently not regulated by NRCS)
Light bulbs (Electric lamps) (CFL)SANS 60901Single-capped fluorescent lamps — Performance specifications
Light bulbs (Electric lamps) (CFL)SANS 60969Self-ballasted lamps for general lighting services — Performance requirements
Tumble DryersSANS 61121Tumble dryers for household use — Methods for measuring the performance
Tumble DryersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Washer-dryersSANS 50229Electric clothes washer-dryers for household use — Methods of measuring the performance
Washer-dryersSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus
Washing MachinesSANS 1695Clothes washing machines for household use — Methods for measuring the performance
Washing MachinesSANS 941Refers to energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus

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