CLASP published the factsheet “Evaluation of the Brazilian Program of Labeling for Air Conditioning” with the objective of monitoring the evolution and the impacts of the comparative labeling of the Brazilian Labeling Program and of the Seal of Endorsement of the Procel Seal. Furthermore, the study also evaluates opportunities to increase energy efficiency in Brazil, by identifying the international best practices. Among the main conclusions, is the fact that the labels have been effective in the reduction of the demand for electrical energy and have a strong influence on the market of mini-split air conditioning. It also noted that, currently, the Brazilian Labeling Program and the Procel Seal are not promoting high-efficiency split air conditioners. Download the complete study here .

“This study by CLASP provides a comprehensive analysis of the Brazilian Labeling Program and the Procel Seal in the light of the international best practices. The work makes it possible to evaluate methods to improve both the programs. To cite an example, one of the recommendations is the structuring of the rules and procedures for the periodic review of these programs, which does not exist today,” says Kamyla Borges, the coordinator of the Kigali Project.

INMETRO, which is responsible for the Labeling Program, believes that, with the data from Kigali, it will be possible to review the targets.

“It is a well-known fact that the increasing use of air conditioning will dramatically impact the lives of Brazilians, as is happening in practice all over the world. In order for us to adapt to this reality, actions are required by the productive sector, consumers, and the government. In this regard, the Brazilian Labeling Program (PBE) becomes particularly strategic, as coordinated by Inmetro, because the labeling of energy efficiency provides valuable information that is used by consumers to encourage the manufacture of increasingly more economical devices. The Kigali Project is providing analysis and data that will serve as a basis for the decisions of Inmetro with respect to the PBE, both to review the efficiency levels of the label and to improve the testing methodology established in the current regulation, in order to favor the most efficient technologies. We have a unique opportunity, provided by the Project, to unite the government, industry, academia, laboratories, our partners of Procel/Eletrobras, consumer defense organizations, and other civil society entities, in an initiative that could provoke an enormous market transformation and save billions of Reais in Brazilian pockets,” concludes Marcos Borges, the Division Head of the Conformity Evaluation Board (Dconf).

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