Transformation of Energy Efficient Appliances in Turkey Project was in the UK

01 Dec 2011

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Within the framework of the Market Transformation of Energy Efficient Appliances in Turkey Project (EE Appliances), Study Tour has been realized between 14-18 November 2011 in United Kingdom (UK) with the aim of examining the best practices and sharing know-how on the Conformity Assessment and Testing of the Energy Efficient Appliances.

New Horizons -  A delegation formed by the Turkish officials from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology (MoSIT) and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MoENR) General Directorate for Renewable Energy (DG for Renewable Energy) participated the Study Tour. Implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and MoENR-DG for Renewable Energy and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project has partners from both public and the private sector including the MoSIT, Turkish White Goods Manufacturers Association (TURKBESD) and Arçelik A.S.

Project aims to reduce the household electricity consumption and the associated GHG emissions through the realization of the market transformation of more energy efficient household electrical appliances. In that respect, the Study Tour, which has been realized in collaboration with the Tom Lock, Project’s International Consultant on Appliance Energy Efficiency Policies, has started with the visit to government funded Energy Saving Trust (EST), which is a core institution that gives recommendations to British Government on the energy efficiency policies with regard to electrical household appliances, buildings and transportation.
 
On the other days, Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFRA) Sustainable Energy Using Products Team representative shared experiences on the transition process during the implementation of newly established EU Energy Labeling and Ecodesign directives.
 
The delegation also shared know-how with the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) and the Advertisement Standards Authority (ASA).

Furthermore, within the scope of the Study Tour, Turkish delegation visited test labs of the National Measurement Office (NMO), which is an institution responsible for the Market Surveillance of the products under the ecodesign and energy labeling directives, and Intertek, which is a testing body that serves both industry and NMO for various energy efficiency tests.
 
Under the guidance of the representatives from the institutions, the delegation had chance to examine the samples tested and learned the applied procedures during the testing.

During the meetings, success stories as well as the challenges faced during the implementation process of market regulations on energy efficiency were shared through the comprehensive presentations and discussions, in which Chris Evans, Project’s International Consultant on Conformity Assessment and Testing, also contributed.

At the end, during the wrap-up meeting, it is mentioned by the Turkish delegation as well as the Project Management Unit that especially at the threshold of implementing the 2010/30 EU Energy Labeling and 2009/125 EC Ecodesign Framework Directives, the experiences and know-how gained during this Study Tour is crucial for Turkey’s transition process to establish the conformity assessment and testing infrastructure.