SON to ban non-energy efficient appliances as it seals €24.5m deal with EU

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has entered into collaboration with the European Union and Germany on a €24.5m energy efficiency project, even as it has concluded plans to ban local and imported appliances that are not energy efficient.

The project, which also involves the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, will enable all the partners to work from all fronts to make electrical products, local and imported, attain a sustainable level of efficiency.

Subsequently, SON has fixed February 2018 as the deadline for importation of fridges, air conditioners and other home appliances that are not energy-efficient while also fixing 2019 as deadline for the use of locally manufactured appliances that are not energy-efficient.

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According to the organization, the move was to ensure that the quantum of electricity generation in the nation currently at 4,000mw was efficiently applied and subsequently increased to the national sufficiency level of 36,000mw.

The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, was quoted in a statement as saying this at the launch of the Nigeria Energy label in Lagos.

He stated that the initiative would guide consumers’ choices in terms of energy conservation rating of appliances.

“For instance, identifying a less efficient brand of air conditioner is symbolised by one star while five stars indicate better efficient appliance”, Aboloma said.

He warned that with the launch, a label would be attached to every appliance with approved minimum energy performance, making it illegal to import any of the electrical products with less than a star.

He said, “We have designed a road map in conjunction with manufacturers for the implementation of the minimum energy performance and label. Enforcement of the label is scheduled to commence after 18 months for locally manufactured products, and six months for imported products.”


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