Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Singapore News  >> Energy  >> Energy labels to be revised from Sep 1 used on missing Malaysian jet
NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  12 March 2014  

Energy labels to be revised from Sep 1 used on missing Malaysian jet

SINGAPORE: From 1 September 2014, energy labels will be revised to carry estimated annual energy cost and energy consumption information.

This will help inform consumers of the life-cycle cost of an appliance before purchasing it.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is enhancing its Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme (MELS), and extending the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) to include more appliances.

To better differentiate more efficient models from the less efficient ones and reflect the improvements in the energy efficiencies of appliances in today's market, the energy rating system will be recalibrated.

Under the new rating system, the most efficient models will be awarded 5 ticks.

1-tick products will make up the lowest efficiency band.

The "no-ticks" band will be removed as some consumers were confused when they came across labels without any ticks.

NEA said the energy label design will also be updated to boost its readability.

To retain consumers' familiarity of the previous energy label, however, the rounded-top, rating descriptor and rating scale design will be retained.

The improvements to MELS and MEPS aim to encourage more households to choose energy efficient appliances with low life-cycle costs, and in turn, help them reduce their utilities bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions in the long run.

In April 2014, the MELS will be extended to televisions, making them the first appliance under the MELS umbrella to carry the revised labels.

NEA said MELS could help heighten consumers' awareness of the energy performance of such televisions and assist them in their purchasing decisions.

This is especially so as consumers may be attracted to buy large screen high-performance televisions.

NEA estimates that Singapore could potentially save between S$12.2 million and S$19.7 million annually on energy savings if everyone switched from low to medium or high efficiency televisions.

Following NEA's consultation with suppliers, the revised energy labels will officially come into effect for air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers in September this year.

NEA intends to progressively extend MELS to other energy intensive home appliances.

Besides the energy labelling scheme, the MEPS, which is aimed at helping consumers lower their energy consumption at homes, will be implemented for clothes dryers in April 2014, and general lighting later this year.

NEA's household energy consumption study commissioned in 2011 showed that clothes dryers are widely used in private apartments and landed housing.

For such homes, clothes dryers can account for about 5 per cent of their total energy consumption.

Lighting is among the top five energy consuming household appliances and devices.

NEA said that over the next few years, it will progressively tighten MEPS levels and also extend MEPS to other appliances to further encourage suppliers to continually bring in even more energy efficient household appliances.

As suppliers have been introducing more energy efficient models since the implementation of MEPS, there is now an increased availability of such appliances in the market.

NEA said this spells good news for consumers, as their upfront cost is lowered further as energy efficient appliances become more affordable.

By choosing appliances carefully, consumers stand to reap significant cost savings over the life-cycle of owning an appliance.  

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories                             March 12, 2014 Subsribe Now !
• UDD to hold mass rally Saturdaystrong Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Taskworld: World-Class Task Management Platform Created in Bangkok Aims to Increase Efficiency of Thai Companies
• Hana, KEB Indonesia merge to cater to thriving Korean businesses
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

• Iranians, Thai woman involved in passports used on missing Malaysian jet
• Energy labels to be revised from Sep 1 used on missing Malaysian jet
Asean Analysis                    March 12, 2014
• Asean Analysis March 12, 2014
Consumption of passenger car engine oil in Malaysia’s Central region reached almost 17 million liters in 2013: GfK
Advertise Your Brand

Asean Stock Watch    March 11, 2014
• Asean Stock Watch-March 11, 2014
The Biweekly Update
• The Biweekly Update  March 7, 2014

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand