This Saturday, the Panamanian Government published in the Official Gazette the new regulations and technical standards that regulate and establish the entry into the Panamanian market of air conditioning equipment, in order to meet a real level of energy efficiency.
The National Energy Secretariat (SNE) announced that since Thursday, the resolutions of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI) with the regulations on Inverter, Split, window and central type air conditioners appear in the Official Gazette.
These technical regulations require compliance with the minimum energy efficiency indexes contained in the Technical Standards of said equipment and establish energy efficiency labels that must be visible to the consumer.
With this publication, the transition time for these air conditioning equipment begins to be applicable, which will have a period of up to a year and a half for businesses to adjust their imports and equipment for sale and include their energy efficiency label.
The promotion of efficient equipment is one of the aspects included in the so-called Law 69 of Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (UREE), approved by Panama in 2012 and which will be implemented through these regulations, according to official sources.
Electricity department of the SNE’s Rebeca Ramírez said that with this new step an impact in estimated savings of 100 million dollars is expected in 2020.
Ramírez added that the regulations will allow the final consumer to know the real level of energy efficiency, placing quality products on the market and equalizing the savings references for such equipment.
The new technical regulations were drafted by the SNE together with the MICI and the Sectoral Technical Committee, of which both public and private entities were a part.
According to the statements made by Ramírez to EFE, the design of these technical standards give particular attention to the need to increase energy savings and to preserve energy resources, as well as to protect the consumer from lower quality products that could be launched in the market and excessive consumption of electrical energy.