On August 31, 2021, China National Institute of Standardization published “Report on the 15th Anniversary of China Energy Label System” (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”). The report consists of 5 chapters, describing the establishment, implementation, current development status, implementation results, and future prospects of China’s energy label system.
China’s mandatory energy label system launched on March 1, 2005, has since continued to expand the number of products covered. Currently, 41 types of energy-using products in 5 major sectors, namely home appliances, business electronics, office electronics, lighting, and industry, have been added to the scope of energy label system. In addition, as of the end of 2020, a total of more than 23,000 production enterprises have voluntarily participated in the energy label system. According to estimates, between 2005 and 2020, the implementation of energy label system has brought cumulative electricity savings of more than 2,500 billion kWh.
In the future, the improvement and upgrading of energy label system has been identified as a target to be focused on. The report clearly outlines major future initiatives, including revision of the related energy label standards.
Improving implementation framework
Continue to improve the management and implementation framework, and further clarify the responsibilities of each relevant party. Develop the energy label implementation system and continue to improve function and procedure design of the information registration system.
Revising energy label standards and expanding of application scope
According to the development of the consumer market and industry, revise energy efficiency standards for multi air conditioners, personal computers, display products, etc., to promote quality development of the industry. In addition, with the aim of expanding implementation scope, the feasibility of energy label for products such as electric welding machines and panel-type LED lighting will be examined.
Improving the effectiveness of label information
Strengthen information management, capacity, and credit awareness building in testing laboratories, and encourage data integrity comparisons to increase the effectiveness of label information.
Strengthen management and supervision of energy efficiency labels
To fully implement random check and strengthen local government management and social supervision. To study and develop implementation methods and regulations for the introduction of an energy label system in e-commerce.
Strengthen international cooperation
Promote international mutual recognition of standards and labels by referring to the latest global energy label systems.
The original text of the above report can be viewed at the following URL (in simplified Chinese).