Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi- Non-energy efficient fridges, dishwashers to be banned  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 16/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) The Kingdom plans to ban the import and local production of refrigerators and dishwashing machines that fail to meet the country's stringent new energy-efficiency regulations



Naif Al-Abbadi, director general of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC) at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), said a timeframe would be announced soon



"The process will start by banning all imports and local manufacturing of low efficiency appliances and then move on to monitoring sales operations, similar to the process applied for air conditioners," said Al-Abbadi



He said more than 90 percent of air conditioner manufacturers have complied with the new specifications and stopped making and marketing appliances that use too much energy. Several suppliers and importers have also complied with the decision, he said



Al-Abbadi said the center is currently considering replacing all bad air conditioners with highly efficient ones after the center completes a study on the issue. "There are several international tests that prove the feasibility of the energy saving process."



He said the process would save the country a great deal of money



He said the government has introduced a star system for energy-efficient appliances to create awareness among consumers. The system would change every year, he said



He said all air conditioner dealers had until the end of last month to comply. "They had a grace period to do so, after which their warehouses were searched. No one will be able to sell the commodities in the Saudi market."



Al-Abbadi said government announced the new specifications for air conditioners in the media in 2012 with a deadline set for last September. However, when some merchants said the period was too short, government extended it for a further four months until the end of December



He said many merchants lost money after complying with the regulations



Arab News reported earlier that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry recently seized 40,000 air conditioners for failing to meet energy saving requirements



The ministry is conducting a crackdown campaign in coordination with the SEEC, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the Customs Department and various government agencies

 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 31 2014 - Qatari Jaber Engineering Company signs USD274m contractMENAFN
(MENAFN) Al Jaber Engineering Company has signed a USD 274.42 million deal to contract facilities to support Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation's Kahramaa pipelines for the Mega ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Saudi's economy is healthily expandingMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Saudi economy witnessed a healthy year causing businesses to expand and grow to meet the rising demand, Arab Times reported.Saudi Arabia has blossomed in its fiscal surpluses due to a ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Major Dubai hospital expansion to cost USD43.8mMENAFN
(MENAFN) The expansion of Rashid Hospital's Trauma and Emergency Centre, which will add 160 beds is set cost USD43.8 million and will be completed by July 2015, Arabian Business reported.Last year ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Gulf Air annual loss down 52 percent in H1MENAFN
(MENAFN) Bahraini Gulf Air announced a 52 percent decrease in annual losses and a financial performance that exceeded the airline's restructuring target by USD38.4 million, Arabian Business ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Omani SQP turns into tourist hubMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Sultanate of Oman began working on turning Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist hub by transferring most commercial cargo activities from the Muscat-based port to Sohar, Times of Oman ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Qatar's New Port to start operations in 2016MENAFN
(MENAFN) The first phase of the New Port Project, which is set to cost USD7.4 billion, is set to be operational by the end of 2016, The Peninsula Qatar reported.The new port's initial capacity is ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Pakistan - So much for revolutionArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) I fail to understand as to what Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are up to. It amuses me the way they are calling for a 'revolution.' Revolutions are not imposed on a nation. It ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 yearsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JERUSALEM: An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be ...

 Aug 31 2014 - Yemen clash kills 4 troops 13 'militants'Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) SANAA/ADEN: Clashes in Yemen between the army and militants killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday military officials said.The officials said the ...

 Aug 31 2014 - New US sanctions inconsistent with nuclear talks says IranArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) TEHRAN/DUBAI: Iran accused the US of duplicity Saturday for imposing new sanctions on organizations linked to Tehran's nuclear program despite long-running but active ...

more...


 






Google

Live Currency Rates

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help