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Voluntary energetic labelling plan launched in Mauritius

Energy labelling plan in Mauritius - Mauritian authorities have called on importers and other  merchants to abide by a voluntary energy labelling plan regarding electric and electronic goods to help the population make a better choice while buying such goods, PANA reported Tuesday from the Mauritian capital.

Developed by the Energy Efficiency Management Office (EEMO), the voluntary plan will be in force until November 2014, after which energetic labelling will be governed by the law.

EEMO’s interim director, Radhamohun Mungur, said the main objective of the plan was to introduce the concept of energetic labelling of electric and electronic goods in Mauritius.

'Importers and merchants will be asked to give information on the energy efficiency of the goods they sell to consumers to help them make informed choices,' he said.

He indicated that the plan covers all electric and electronic goods like refrigerators, ovens, air conditioners, washing machines, lamps, television sets and others.

In the energy labelling process, a card is given to consumers on which the characteristics of a product, particularly its energetic performance, is written.

This is evaluated in terms of energetic efficiency classes, generally ranging from A to G.

Class A is the one with the best energetic performance and G is the least efficient.

Mungur said that energetic labelling also motivates manufacturers who are encouraged to develop new products that give better results regarding energy efficiency.

'Labelling is also a tool to control energy consumption in the residential sector and to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases,' Mungur underlined.

The expansion of electronic and electric goods has led to a regular growth in the electricity consumption in Mauritian households.

Inefficient products cause very important peaks in electricity consumption, putting lots of pressure on the electricity network.

Pana 12/02/2014