Amendments to the Technical Regulation on the Maximum Allowed Power Consumption by Cooling Devices
Due to the efforts of the Consumer Electronics Committee of the European Business Association, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has finally adopted the CMU Resolution “On Amendments to the Technical Regulation on Maximum Allowed Power Consumption by Cooling Devices” No528 from 8 October 2014.
Background: An absence of definitions of for the terms “wine coolers”, and “introduction into the market” in the Technical Regulation on Maximum Allowed Power Consumption by Cooling Devices, approved by the CMU Resolution No787 from 3 September 2008, did not correspond to EU legislation, in particular to the European Commission Regulation (EC) No643/2009 of 22 July 2009 on Ecodesign Requirements for Household Refrigerating Appliances. Thus, this created confusion and problems for foreign manufacturers and importers as the various state authorities interpreted the terms differently. Furthermore, the absence of a special provision concerning the non-use of energy efficiency index requirements, as stipulated in the Technical Regulation, to regarding “wine coolers” made it impossible for wine coolers to be imported into Ukraine due to their specific technical characteristics and high levels on the energy efficiency index.
To resolve this problem, the EBA Committee together with the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine have elaborated a draft CMU Resolution “On Amendments to Technical Regulation on Maximum Allowed Power Consumption by Cooling Devices” aimed to at bringing the Technical Regulation into harmony with the Regulation No643/2009 and to take away trade obstacles between Ukraine and the EU. Finally, on 8 October 2014, the abovementioned draft CMU Resolution was adopted by the Government of Ukraine.
We would like to express our gratitude to the State Agency and the Government of Ukraine in general for their constructive cooperation in finding a solution to this very important issue for the consumer electronics industry. Moreover, we would like to thank all EBA members who supported and contributed to the EBA lobbying efforts that resulted in this success!