STANDARDS AND LABELLING
Standards and Labelling drive the market towards high-quality, higher efficiency products, while avoiding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lowering energy spending costs for consumers.
In 2013, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority initiated the Standard and Labelling (S&L) program for equipment and appliances. While standards remove the lowest efficiency and low-quality products from the market, energy labels enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions by differentiating high-efficiency products from average and low-efficiency choices. The higher-efficiency ranking demonstrated by the 5-stars shown on the label, the less money customers pay per month on their energy bills. More stars denote a comparatively more efficient appliance to an appliance with the same size and functionality hence more energy savings.
The Kenyan Standards and Labelling program covers refrigerators, air-conditioners, motors and lightings which are mandatory under the Standards and Labelling scheme. The applicable standards for the current Standards and Labelling Programme are as provided in the List of Appliance Table
List of Appliances
|Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps||KS 2447-1:2013|
|Double Capped Fluorescent Lamps||KS 2448-1:2013|
|Non-Ducted Air Conditioners||KS 2463:2019|
|Refrigerating Appliances||KS IEC 62552-1:2015|
KS IEC 62552-2:2015
KS IEC 62552-3:2015
|Self-Ballasted Lamps||KS 2446-1:2013|
|Three-Phase Case Induction Motors||KS 2449-1:2013|
Copies of the standards are available from Kenya Bureau of Standards Webstore.
Manufacturers/Importers of the listed appliances are required to have them subjected to energy performance testing as per the applicable Kenyan Standard. Testing is conducted by laboratories accredited to test as per the specific standard mostly in the country of origin. The manufacturer/importer then applies for registration of the tested model through the EPRA online licensing portal. Appliances that meet the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are issued with Energy Labels which the manufacturer/importer is required to affix on the appliance (preferably before shipping or during manufacturing). The Authority works with other government agencies to restrict entry into the market of any non-compliant appliances. Further, surveillance inspections are conducted in the market to ensure compliance.
Learn how to use the Energy Label Guide to make the right choice through https://www.epra.go.ke/services/energy-efficiency-project/user-manuals/
In the next few years, the Authority will extend the program to other essential appliances.