Argentine Standards and Certification Institute (IRAM)
Policy measure

According to ECLAC (2010), the introduction of codes, standards and labelling measures in energy efficiency in Argentina is primarily undertaken by the non-profit organization Argentine Standards and Certification Institute (IRAM), founded in 1935, supported and aligned with the Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Mining (SICM). 


Its objectives are to (ECLAC, 2010):

  • “Promote the rational use of resources and creative activity.

  • Facilitate the production, trade and transfer of knowledge

  • Study and approve standards,within their areas of authority

  • Develop certification services contributing to technological development.

Implementation

IRAM is currently elaborating labelling standards for air conditioners, compact fluorescent lamps and washing machines (ECLAC, 2010).

Challenges

No identified challenges.

Outcomes

Some of the outcomes of IRAM's efforts have, according to ECLAC (2010), been the development of a labeling system for refrigerators, based on a resolution by SICM.

 

Moreover, ECLAC (2010) asserts that “conformity with the standards established will encourage a market for energy efficient appliances to gradually replace the less efficient appliances available today. The labeling system will correct the asymmetry of informationthat is a barrier to energy efficiency in the market.”

References
ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: Santiago.