|Title||Evaluation of Local Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Program in China|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Zheng, Nina, Nan Zhou, Cecilia Fino-Chen, and David Fridley|
|Secondary Title||International Energy Program Evaluation Conference|
|Conference Location||Rome, Italy|
|Keywords||china, china energy, china energy group, energy analysis and environmental impacts department, energy efficiency, local enforcement, policy studies, standards & labeling programs|
As part of China's commitment to promoting and improving the local enforcement of appliance energyefficiency standards and labeling, the China National Institute of Standardization launched a localenforcement of efficiency standards and labeling project on August 14, 2009. For this project, Jiangsu,Shandong, Sichuan and Shanghai were selected as pilot locations. This paper provides information onthe local enforcement project's recent background, activities and results as well as comparison toprevious rounds of check-testing in 2006 and 2007. In addition, the paper also offers evaluation on theachievement and weaknesses in the local enforcement scheme and recommendations based oninternational experience.
The results demonstrate both improvement and some backsliding. Enforcement schemes are in place inall target cities and applicable national standards and regulations were followed as the basis for localcheck testing. Check testing results show in general high labeling compliance across regions for fiveproducts. But it also identified key weaknesses in labeling compliance in Sichuan as well as in theefficiency standards compliance levels for small and medium three-phase asynchronous motors and self-ballasted fluorescent lamps. In the case of refrigerators, the efficiency standards compliance rateexhibited a wider range of 50% to 100%, and the average rate across all tested models also droppedfrom 96% in 2007 to 63% in 2009, possibly due to the implementation of newly strengthened efficiencystandards in 2009. In light of these results, this paper also identifies areas for improvement including inlocal awareness, product sampling methodology, check-testing tools and procedures.