PR No. 167 Islamabad

According to International Energy Agency, National Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling (EESL) programs have been in existence since the 1970s and now operate in more than 80 countries around the world, covering more than 50 different types of appliances and equipment in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

Mr.Hassan Nasir Jamy, Manager Director ENERCON told that ENERCON has closely worked with various key stakeholders like Ministry of Science & Technology, PCSIR, PSQCA and manufacturers of various appliances and development partners which formed the basis for developing the Energy Labeling Scheme in view of the best practices of regional countries. He further told that the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill 2016 has been approved recently which shall provide a legal basis to stop wastage of energy.

Minister for Water and Power appreciated the steps taken by ENERCON for bringing Energy Labeling Scheme into practical phase which will help consumers to buy energy efficient products and appreciated the fan manufacturers for voluntary registering in the Energy Labeling Regime. He further said that the program will give an opportunity to bring other products like motors, lights, AC at standards of international level.

JICA Chief appreciated the role of ENERCON, Ministry of Water and Power and all stakeholders and shared the information about the support being extended by JICA in the Energy Labeling Scheme and promoting Energy Efficiency. He appreciated the role of MD ENERCON and Mr. Asad Mahmood, Manager Technical for successful implementation of the Scheme.

On behalf of Fan manufacturers CEO GFC Fans while thanking the Minister and departments for the step taken to promote Energy Efficiency, requested Minister to take necessary steps for exempt duties on import of Silicon Electric Steel Sheet which is a basic raw material for motors, fans etc. so that large and small manufacturers both can benefit and produce energy efficient products at cheaper cost.

A proposal for exemption of duties was presented to the ECC and further moved for consideration in the Finance Bill by the Ministry and ENERCON but it was not considered told Secretary Ministry of Water and Power. Minister for Water and Power assured that Ministry will take necessary steps for facilitation in this regard.

It was told that by keeping in view the availability of an accredited Fan testing lab of PCSIR in Pakistan and major share of electrical energy consumption by fans, the scheme was developed for electric fans and the Pakistan Energy Labels Authorization Certificates were given to three qualified fan manufacturers GFC Fans, U.I. Industries (STARCO Fans) and Super Asia.