Labelling on energy efficiency is now mandatory in Singapore. Energy efficiency labelling is now required for clothes' dryers, airconditioners, refrigerators and cars. This is a bold step in sensitizing th publics' awareness on energy consumption.
NEA has reported that all clothes dryers sold in Singapore be labelled according to their energy efficiency with ticks ranging from zero to four ticks. The ones with four ticks are the most energy efficient. The move is an extension of the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme introduced last year which covered air-conditioners and refrigerators.
Clothes dryers, like air-conditioners and refrigerators, are energy-intensive appliances. A survey carried out by SP Services in 2005 showed that clothes dryers accounted for approximately 8% of the average energy consumption in a typical five-room flat.
With labelling, consumers can easily compare the energy efficiency of different clothes dryers of similar capacity and the energy savings from operating more efficient products.
Commenting on the scheme, NEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Tan said, “Energy labelling will help sensitise the public to the energy consumption and running costs of appliances so that they can make more informed choices when making their purchases. Consumers will also enjoy higher energy savings by using more energy efficient appliances.”
He added that the ultimate goal is to set energy efficiency standards for energy intensive appliances in Singapore so that only the more energy efficient appliances will be sold in the market.
Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme
Also since 1 April 2009, buyers of new passenger cars and light goods vehicles are now able to know how fuel efficient their vehicles are because of the Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme (FELS) which came into effect on 1 April 2009. Under the scheme, new passenger cars and light goods vehicles must carry a label indicating the amount of fuel needed by a vehicle to run 100 kilometres. With this information, car buyers can compare the fuel consumption of vehicles of similar engine capacity.
“The transparency in fuel consumption would help consumers make more informed choices when buying a car. Besides enjoying savings on fuel bills, consumers will also contribute to the environment as fuel efficient vehicles emit less air pollutants and carbon dioxide than less efficient ones of similar capacity”, said Mr Tan.
Most of the authorized agents have already registered their models that display the Fuel Economy Label since 1 April 2009. However, for existing models for which the fuel consumption data is not yet available, the agency has granted a six-month extension till 1 October 2009 to comply with the new regulation.
The mandatory energy and fuel efficiency labelling schemes are initiatives of the inter-agency Energy Efficiency Programme Office (E2PO) led by the NEA. E2PO is responsible for promoting energy efficiency in Singapore.
For more information on the energy and fuel efficiency schemes, visit www.nea.gov.sg.