RE: NRCS to enforce Compulsory Specification for hot water storage tanks (Geysers) to reduce electricity consumption in the country.
In line with the strategy of Government to promote energy efficiency as the first fuel in driving balanced, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth, boosting job creation and leading technological innovation across the region, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) will from August 2018, start with the regulation of geysers under the Compulsory Specification for hot water storage tanks for domestic use (VC 9006) which was recently amended.
The regulation of geysers is part of the Standards and Labelling (S&L) project initiated by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme aimed at eliminating inefficient energy household appliances. Research has indicated that geysers account for up to 39% of household electricity bills and it is hoped that the regulation will decrease the energy demand and bring much needed relief to consumers who are feeling the effects of the VAT increase, petrol hikes and are now currently facing the return of load shedding.
The NRCS is the regulatory authority mandated to enforce the energy efficiency compliance of the regulated products covered by the S&L Project. The organisation started with the regulation of incandescent lamps, single-capped fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) and household appliances which will now be followed by geysers.
To ensure effective regulation, the NRCS has developed the VC Enforcement Plan which include among others, inspections, stakeholder engagements, consumer awareness and surprise raids in various business premises.
The organisation would also like to encourage businesses to apply for Letters of Authority (LOA) for compliance purpose to avoid being subjected to the sanctioning process where their products are confiscated and destroyed and the necessary penalties imposed.
The NRCS follows a rigorous administrative and technical process in evaluating LOA applications before issuing certificates. The LOA is a certificate issued to a manufacturer or importer in terms of the section 5(2) (f) of the NRCS Act once compliance is determined therefore permitting the sale of a product.
Enforcing VC 9006 is in line with the NRCS’s mandate of protecting human health, safety, the environment and ensuring fair trade as well as rooting out non-compliant products in the market.
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ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS (NRCS).