--Continued from the February Issue
Trends to Integrate Energy-saving Regulations
Upon introduction of an energy-labeling scheme and SEER as well as raising the minimum rated values, trends indicate an attempt to integrate energy-saving regulations in each region.
Turkey and Jordan, which are in a region surrounding the EU, introduced the ErP Directive in 2014. Each Mediterranean coastal country in the Middle East and Northern Africa is likely to conclude conformity assessment agreements called Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) with the EU. The ACAA is expected to harmonize local regulations with the EU’s to eliminate trade barriers.
The five countries of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, and Russia, which comprise the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), aim to create a single economic zone similar to the EU and are investigating the immediate integration and common adoption of EU safety regulations and the ErP Directive for EAEU technical regulations.