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    FrontPage Edition: Thu 2 Apr 2009


All clothes dryers to get energy labels from April 2009




National Environment Agency's Labelling Schemes On Energy And Fuel Efficiency To Start In April 09

From next month (April 2009), all clothes dryers sold in Singapore will be labelled according to their energy efficiency with ticks ranging from zero to four ticks. The ones with four ticks are the most energy efficient. The move is an extension of the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme introduced last year which covered air-conditioners and refrigerators.
Clothes dryers, like air-conditioners and refrigerators, are energy-intensive appliances. A survey carried out by SP Services in 2005 showed that clothes dryers accounted for approximately 8% of the average energy consumption in a typical five-room flat.
With labelling, consumers can easily compare the energy efficiency of different clothes dryers of similar capacity and the energy savings from operating more efficient products.
Commenting on the scheme, NEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Tan said, “Energy labelling will help sensitise the public to the energy consumption and running costs of appliances so that they can make more informed choices when making their purchases. Consumers will also enjoy higher energy savings by using more energy efficient appliances.”
He added that the ultimate goal is to set energy efficiency standards for energy intensive appliances in Singapore so that only the more energy efficient appliances will be sold in the market.
Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme
Also from 1 April 2009, buyers of new passenger cars and light goods vehicles will be able to know how fuel efficient their vehicles are when the Mandatory Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme (FELS) comes into effect. Under the scheme, new passenger cars and light goods vehicles must carry a label indicating the amount of fuel needed by a vehicle to run 100 kilometres. With this information, car buyers can compare the fuel consumption of vehicles of similar engine capacity.
“The transparency in fuel consumption would help consumers make more informed choices when buying a car. Besides enjoying savings on fuel bills, consumers will also contribute to the environment as fuel efficient vehicles emit less air pollutants and carbon dioxide than less efficient ones of similar capacity”, said Mr Tan.
Most of the authorized agents have already registered their models and will display the Fuel Economy Label by 1 April 2009. However, for existing models for which the fuel consumption data is not yet available, the agency will grant a six-month extension till 1 October 2009 to comply with the new regulation.
The mandatory energy and fuel efficiency labelling schemes are initiatives of the inter-agency Energy Efficiency Programme Office (E2PO) led by the NEA. E2PO is responsible for promoting energy efficiency in Singapore.
For more information on the energy and fuel efficiency schemes, visit

Source: Press Release 31 Mar 2009

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