Training regarding the South African Energy Efficiency Label

Nov 8, 2017

The Department of Energy (DoE) will be offering training to store managers and training managers at all store and online appliance retailers on the legislated and compulsory display and use of the South African Energy Efficiency Label in February 2018.

The South African Energy Efficiency Label is part of a five-year programme primarily aimed at introducing more energy efficient appliances to the South African market with the aim of reducing electricity demand, reduce carbon emissions associated with the use of household appliances and to introduce continuous energy efficiency into the appliance manufacturing industry.

The training, which will include both face-to-face and an online component, has been funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is provided to ensure that retailers comply with compulsory regulations regarding the display of the South African Energy Efficiency Label on all mandated appliances. In addition, the training will cover how retail sales people and platforms should communicate to, and educate consumers about the label.

The training will form part of an overall drive to ensure industry compliance to regulation. The DoE will be visiting retail stores nationally as part of ensuring that the compliant appliances are sold to consumers. Further to this training, the Department will also be embarking on a consumer-targeted marketing campaign that aims to educate consumers about the right products. Appliances for which the display and use of the South African Energy Efficiency Label is compulsory include electric lamps, washer-dryer combinations, washing machines, tumble dryers, electric ovens, fridge-freezer combinations, freezer, fridges, dishwashers and air-conditioners. TV and audio-visual equipment including decoders and set-top boxes do not need to display a label but must have a standby power usage of less than 1 Watt, and 3 Watts for set-top boxes.

All retail stores and platforms selling the abovementioned appliances are encouraged to register for training by visiting the webpage: Registration: Energy Efficiency Label – Facilitator training programme.. For more information, retail and store platforms can SMS their name, store name, contact number and email to 071 368 6320. For any training-related queries please contact the training provider at for information.