Gov’t to implement new energy efficiency laws

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office said the new energy efficiency laws will cut government spending on electricity when it is scheduled to be enforced sometime in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the Standards and Labelling Order will also encourage the public to start using energy-saving appliances.

It will also help with the department’s energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) drive, he told The Brunei Times in a recent interview.

“We will make sure we have information especially on energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) on appliances, among others,” he added.

At the Sixth International Energy Forum (IEF) Asian Ministerial Roundtable in Qatar last November, the minister had said the standards were important instruments in providing an environment that is conducive to energy saving, where consumers are empowered to make informed decisions.

It was previously reported that the new legislation was expected to save up to $187 million annually.

The Order includes minimum EEC standards for air conditioners, refrigerators, lighting and other appliances.

The Brunei Times