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Singapore: NEA to enhance Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for refrigerators, clothes dryers and air-conditioners

JULY 2021 - ELECTRONICAL & ELECTRONICS

On 8 June 2021, The National Environment Agency’s (NEA) is raising the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for four appliance types that it regulates. This forms part of NEA’s ongoing efforts to help households become more energy efficient, contribute to reducing carbon emissions, and mitigate climate change.

From 1 January 2022, the new MEPS levels will be implemented to the following appliances:

a.  Refrigerators – Two ticks;
b.  Clothes dryers – Two ticks;
c.  Casement and window air-conditioners – Two ticks;
d.  Split-type air-conditioners – MEPS raised by seven per cent within the two-tick level.

In addition, the limits for standby power of split-type air-conditioners will also be lowered to reduce passive energy consumption. Details of the current and enhanced MEPS levels can be found in the Annex.

In implementing the enhanced MEPS, NEA will ensure that there is adequate variety and availability of models for households to choose from. The lifecycle costs of these appliances are expected to be the same or lower after the change. The higher standards will spur suppliers to introduce new and more energy efficient appliances over time.

[1] NEA to enhance Minimum Energy Performance Standards

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