Policy type

Product standards


Amendment 13 - Energy Efficiency Regulations


Published on December 28, 2016, Amendment 13 to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations aims to deliver energy, greenhouse gas and air pollutant reductions as part of Canada's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. The amendment will increase the stringency and/or scope of existing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for 20 product categories to align with requirements in force or soon to be in force in the U.S.

Affected products



MEPS and Labelling for Air Conditioning (Ministerial Regulation No.07/2015)


The MEPS and labelling for Air Conditioning regulation has been enacted in January 2015 and will be in force on August 2016. It only applies for the residential AC with single split wall mounted type and with a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 8.53  (inverter and non inventer type).

This regulation also concerns that the MEPS testing procedure for the AC will be carried appropriately by the certified agency. The star rating starts from 1 star - for the AC which has a minimum EER 8.53- to 4 star rating for the AC which has minimum EER 10.41. 


Labelling for Ballasted Lamp


The labelling for ballasted lamps has been effective since June 2015, or, 12 months after the Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2014 was enacted.

It has been designed to provide information about the lighting quality to the public by showing star sign rating in order to promote energy savings. 


Legal harmonization of the 2010/31/EU Directive


In 2013 the Directive 2010/31/EU concerning buildings energy performance has been adapted into the national legal system. The major changes below:

- Registration, inspection and sanction through building codes and regulations regarding their use

- Conditions for the marketing of construction products

- Products information for processing rules in the building industry

Some examples:

- Energy certificates: quality control and creation of the record, sanctioning the abuses.


Amendment 12B to the Energy Efficency Regulations


The amendment revises Canada’s minimum energy performance standards for general service incandescent lamps (light bulbs); the standards are aligned with the United States.


Russian Federation

Resolution ?. 88 ? Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Goods


Establishes requirements of energy efficiency products, services, placing orders for those carried out for state or municipal entities such that public buildings must have an average energy efficiency class of not lower than class “B”. 

National Energy Efficient Appliance Standards


The federal government has issued minimum efficiency standards for air-conditioning units, effectively eliminating the lowest-performing 20% of the units on the market.  For others, a labeling system with a grade 1-5 ranking is linked with financial incentives and improves consumer information to drive the market for more efficient units. Additional appliances are slated to come under minimum efficiency standards.


Moroccan Standard NM 14.2.300


Under the standard, appliances requiring mandatory labelling are cooling appliances (refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners), cooking appliances (electric ovens), cleaning appliances (dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers) and household electric lamps (incandescent and fluorescent lamps with/without integrated ballast).

The standard was introduced as a voluntary measure in 2010 but was made mandatory in 2011 under MEMEE Order 2148-11 (July 2011).

Russian Federation

Resolution ?. 229 ? Energy Efficiency Requirements on Building Materials Including Utility Systems


This law approves the energy efficiency requirements for building materials and other goods used as structural elements of buildings and structures.


Manitoba Energy Efficiency Standards for Replacement Forced Air Gas Furnaces and Small Boilers Regulation


This regulation pertains to the existing residential sector and requires that Manitobans install furnaces that have a minimum efficiency level of 92% AFUE. The regulation also covers small boilers - hot-water boilers are required to have  a minimum efficiency of 82% and low-pressure steam boilers are requires to have a minimum efficiency of 80%.


Action Plan for the environmental sustainability of consumption of public administration


The Plan, adopted by the Ministerial Decree of 11 April 2008 (OJ No. 107 of 8 May 2008), has the goal of maximizing the dissemination of GPP among contracting authorities in order to make it express its full potential in terms of environmental, economic and industrial sectors.

 The main objective of the Action Plan is to:


National Program for Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (Programa Nacional de Uso Racional y Efficient de la Energia)


The objective of the program is to support the efficient use of energy in the production, transportation and distribution, storage and consumption of energy, attempting to achieve the highest sustainable development with the available technologies, minimising the environmental impact and optimising energy conservation and cost reduction.


Phase Out of Inefficient Lightbulbs


On 20 February 2007, the Australian Environment Minister announced the phasing out of inefficient incandescent bulbs as part of initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The policy promotes efficient lighting alternatives including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to replace incandescent lightbulbs. Working with the state and territory governments, the Australian government is implementing the phase-out by introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for lighting products. MEPS are the efficiency standards that products must meet in order to be sold in the Australian market.


Management Method for Certification of Energy-saving Products


In 1999, the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) promulgated the process of revising single-period mandatory energy efficiency standards that were more consistent with international best practices.


Standby Power Strategy 2002-2012


In November 2002, Australia released its National Standby Strategy 2002-2012. A key element of the Strategy was the identification of possible problem products and action plans to achieve the 1-Watt target for energy consumption through the development and release of "Product Profiles". The Profiles provided background information, proposed measures for government and a date for review. Voluntary targets were used in the first instance before application of mandatory performance standards in the case of non-compliance.


Energy Standards for room air conditioners


The standard (TIS 2134-2545) covers room air conditioner of split type and room air conditioner of wall type with ac 50 Hz. the standard provides requirement of energy for AC illustarted in the following table: 

Air conditioner type  rated cooling effect not over 8,000 W rated cooling effect 8 001 W up to 12 000 W
wall type not less than  2.82 2.53
split type not less than  2.82 2.53




United States

Lighting Energy Efficiency Standards


Energy efficiency standards require lightbulbs to consume less electricity (watts) for the amount of light produced (lumens). In September 2000, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the adoption of standards to improve the energy efficiency of fluorescent lamp ballasts in commercial and industrial applications based on an agreement between the lighting industry and energy efficiency advocates. The standards went into effect on 1 April 2005.


Ethanol Blending Mandate


The government of Brazil sets a mandatory ethanol blend in the gasoline. The obligation applies to vehicle manufacturers and fuel producers of Brazil. The goal of the law is to reduce pollution emissions levels generated by the transport sector.

The blend percentage can be changed by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Inter-ministerial Council for Sugar and Alcohol (Conselho Interministerial do Açúcar e Álcool - CIMA) but it must be no less than 20% and no more than 27%.


Mandatory Construction Material Standard - Top Runner Program

The Top Runner Program is a mandatory standard program based on the Energy Conservation Act targeting manufacturers and importers of energy-consuming products. Energy efficiency of construction material has been recognized as the important measure to facilitate energy efficiency in housing and construction sector, and under this circumstance, there was an amendment to the Act to newly target construction materials such as window (sash and multi-layered glass), on Nov. 2015, and  insulation material on Dec. 2015.