Energy Efficiency Standards Specifications
Policy measure

According to Plan Bleu (2007), the Egyptian Organization for Standardization approved energy efficiency standards specifications for refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters and air conditioners in 2003. Manufacturers and importers must comply with this standard and label electrical appliances informing of their energy consumption level.


Examples of how the energy standards are implemented are available for air conditioners and washing machines (Plan Bleu, 2007):

Energy efficiency standards for air conditioners apply to non-ducted room air conditioners (window – split) units of both locally manufactured and imported units. The standard for washing machines is applied to automatic and semi-automatic washing machines with capacities of dry washing loads up to 10 kg. Requirements for energy performance include test procedures and test conditions. For air conditioners, minimum limits for energy efficiency ratio (EER) measured in Btu/Wh are also included. These limits are 8.5 EER for window units and 9 EER for split units. For washing machines, the minimum energy consumption levels are also included. These levels, representing the maximum energy consumption per cycle, are measured in kWh/cycle/kg. The energy consumption level has a maximum value of 0.26kWh/cycle/kg. This value is intended to be modified to 0.2kWh/cycle/kg in a few years. The standards will be periodically reviewed and updated every two years to keep track with technological improvements and to meet the energy sector’s needs.

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Plan Bleu, 2007. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Egypt – National Strategy. Mediterranean and National Strategies for Sustainable Development. Priority Field of Action 2: Energy and Climate Change. Available at: