Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling

Summary

Under the Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling Program, high-energy consuming products are rated from 5 to 1 grade. The Energy Efficiency Label(from 5 to 1 grade) should be attached to products. Production and sales of products that fall below the MEPS are prohibited. All domestic manufacturers and the importers must keep this program. This program is Korea's core energy efficiency management scheme.

Legal basis

< Applicable law >

  • - Article 15 and Article 16 in "energy use rationalization Law"
  • - “Management efficiency equipment operating rules" No. 2009-158 in notice Ministry of Knowledge Economy (2009.07.30)
  • - Evaluation system for energy efficiency (forcing)

Target Items

Items Item definitions
Air-conditioner Air-conditioners of rated cooling power consumption of not more than 7,500W and the rated cooling capacity of not more than 23kW. If it has heater, the rated power consumption of heater shall be not more than 5kW. Exclude water cooling, duct-type, portable, multi-split type.
Electric driven heatpump Electric driven heatpump of rated cooling power consumption of not more than 7,500W and the rated cooling capacity of not more than 23kW. If it has heater, the rated power consumption of heater shall be not more than 30kW. Exclude water cooling, duct-type, portable, multi-split type.
Multi heatpump system (VRF) Electrical driven multi heatpump which has one indoor unit standard rated cooling capacity over 1kW less than 30kW, and outdoor unit standard rated cooling capacity in accordance with Annex 1 is over 20kW less than 70kW. The indoor unit that comes with a heating device, rated power consumption of heating device is limited to one indoor unit standard less than 30kW.
Electric fan heater By the Annex 2, Safety Certification Target electrical products from “Safety administration law for electrical appliance”, it is limited to electric fan heater with the rated power consumption of 500W, less than 10kW.
Dehumidifier As a single-phase AC, and rated voltage of 220V, it’s aim is to decrease the humidity of indoors, equipped with compression refrigerating system, blower fan, etc in a single cabinet, it’s electric power consumption is shall be less than 1,000W.
Refrigerator Household electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer of storage volume 1000L or less with the cooling system of less 500W electric power consumption by KS C IEC 62552.
Freezer Household electric freezer of storage volume 80L ~ 400L with the cooling system of less 500W electric power consumption by KS C ISO 15502.
Kimchi refrigerator Household electric refrigerating appliances of total storage volume 1000L or less, and Kimchi storage compartment is much than 50% of the whole storage volume with a function maturing which it will be able to take effect the foodstuffs of the Kimchi artificially, and with a compression type refrigerating machine and storage cabinet integrated in one body.
Electrical cooler
and heater for
drinking-water
storage
By Annex 1 Electrical cooler and heater for drinking-water storage shall be designed the vapor-compressor cooler, heater, and water storage in a cabinet. (Water purifier is included) Rated cooling power consumption of not more than 500W and rated heating power consumptions of not more than 1000W.
Commercial
refrigerator
Commercial electric refrigerator-freezer of storage volume 300L ~ 2000L with electric power consumption of less than 1000W by KS C IEC 62552. Exclude the freezer only, the showcase, the table type, and the specified type.
Electric stove By the Annex 2, Safety Certification Target electrical products from “Safety administration law for electrical appliance” Enforcement Rules, it is limited to electric stove with the rated power consumption of 500W or over, less than 10kW.
Electric pad It shall be covered by Appendix 2 in Electric Appliances Safely Control Act. Size of over 3.3㎡, and rated power consumption of over 230W less than 1000W.
Electrically heated
water mat
It shall be covered by Appendix 2 in Electric Appliances Safely Control Act. Size of over 3.3㎡, and rated power consumption of over 230W less than 1000W.
Electric heating board It shall be covered by Appendix 2 in Electric Appliances Safely Control Act. Rated power consumption of over 50W less than 2000W.
Electric bed It shall be covered by Appendix 2 in Electric Appliances Safely Control Act. Rated power consumption of over 230W less than 2000W. But excluding medical, household, and others with specific purposes.
Electric radiator It shall be covered by Appendix 2 in Electric Appliances Safely Control Act. Rated power consumption of over 500W less than 10,000W. Dedicated equipment for the use of medical and households shall be excluded.