02 Nov 2018

Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Regulation for Direct Expansion Air Conditioners in Kuwait

According to the recent announcement from Ministerial Resolution no. 15/2018 in Kuwait,  PAI will be enforcing the technical regulation according to KWS 1893 for all Direct Expansion Air conditioners that are being shipped to Kuwait.

This announcement has already been published in the Kuwaiti official gazette and this technical regulation will be enforced with effect from 5th August  2019.

This standard specifies the following requirements:

  1. Energy efficiency labelling 
  2. Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) for Air-Cooled DX (Direct Expansion) Air conditioners with capacities including up to 70,000 Btu/h. It is applied to units designed to operate in AC single-phase circuits of 240 V, and three-phase circuits of 415 V with a frequency of 50 Hz.

The objective of this Standard regulation is to:

  1. Provide detailed information on the Energy Labelling requirements that an air conditioning appliance has to meet to carry a valid energy efficiency label;
  2. Provide detailed information on the performance requirements that an air conditioning appliance has to achieve to meet Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) requirements.

PAI is currently working on the process to provide Air Conditioner appliance manufacturers access to their IT system to obtain the EER tags for their Air Conditioner appliances.

Exporters of Air Conditioners to Kuwait are hereby advised to take advantage of this advance notice to ensure that their products will be in full compliance with the Energy Efficiency Standard KWS – 1893 before the enforcement of the regulation.

Exporters of these products can contact Intertek for further clarification and understanding of how this affects marketing entry into Kuwait. 

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