Some 22 brands of energy-efficient air conditioning systems have reportedly been registered with Qatar’s authorities, ahead of a July 1 deadline to phase out the import of older models.
In a bid to reduce the amount of electricity used in the country, Qatar announced last December that as of this summer, only green AC units refrigerators, washing machines and other household appliances will be sold.
To import their products into the country, AC unit manufacturers must pre-register with the Qatar General Organization for Standardization (QS), which is part of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
At least one month before import, they are required to submit test results that show their units meet Qatar’s new requirements, then if successful, are awarded certificates.
From July 1, all AC units in Qatar must display “difficult to remove” metal or plastic energy efficiency cards/labels, approved by QS, indicating the number of stars.
QS said it will conduct intensive inspection campaigns to ensure products are complying with the new regulations.
Some 22 new “green” brands of AC have been registered and 11 importers have so far signed up to supply the more efficient units, The Pennisula said.
The new style of AC units and other domestic electrical goods should help to reduce Qatar’s massive electricity consumption and save on costs.
However, they are expected to be around 5 percent more expensive than the conventional systems.