The air conditioning industry will further promote energy-efficiency ratings
to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Energy-saving air conditioning is a good deal for consumers in the long
term," said Wang Ruohong, deputy director of the China Energy Label Center under
the China National Institute of Standardization.
"Green consumption will also help the country hit its target of cutting 20
percent of energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product from 2006 to 2010."
center issued the Management Method of Energy Efficiency Label in August 2004.
It took effect on March 1, 2005.
The regulation required home appliances to carry a China Energy Label,
indicating its energy-efficiency rating, from Class 1 to Class 5. Domestic
refrigerators and air conditioners were the first two categories of products to
meet the standards prescribed by the regulation.
Ma Yitai, from the Thermal Energy Research Institute of Tianjin University,
told the forum that according to his estimation, the price of a Class 1 air
conditioner is about double a Class 5 air conditioner, but consumes only 60
percent of the energy of a Class 5.
Dong Mingzhu, vice-chairman and president of Zhuhai Gree Xinyuan Electronic Co
Ltd, said: "With the standardized label, it's easy for producers to promote green
"Before, when we were trying to persuade consumers to buy the
energy-conserving air conditioners, they could not understand how much
electricity could be saved and why the price was higher than normal."
However, Dong confessed that there are still some difficulties promoting
green air conditioners.
A survey, conducted by Emerson Climate Technologies and released at the
forum, said 75 percent of respondents said they know nothing about
energy-efficiency labeling. More than 60 percent of those surveyed put energy
efficiency as a priority in air conditioner consumption.