Samoa Energy Efficiency Regulations: Important Dates
The Samoa Energy Efficiency Act 2017, which commenced on 21 December 2017, means that all products covered by the Act and the Regulations must now meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), and some also have to carry a standard energy label when they are offered for sale.
The Regulations take effect at different times for different products.
- Household refrigerators and freezers imported into or traded in Samoa must meet MEPS and carry standard energy labels if they were ordered from importers after 4 March 2018. The test standards, MEPS and energy labeling rules are set out in the Regulations.
- Air conditioners imported into or traded in Samoa must meet MEPS and carry standard energy labels from 5 September 2018. The test standards, MEPS and energy labelling rules are set out in the Regulations.
- Lighting products (incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps and ballasts) imported into or traded in Samoa must meet MEPS from 5 March 2019. The test standards and MEPS rules are set out in the Regulations.
For refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, it is unlawful to display an energy label that is not of the standard type.
The Act and Regulations apply to private individuals as well as to appliance wholesalers and retailers and to businesses or government departments importing these products for use in their own buildings or businesses.
Products that were ordered before 4 March 2018 are exempt.
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