1. Introduction to the businesses
  2. Energy saving in buildings
  3. Countermeasures 
against climate change
  4. Energy saving 
in transportation
  5. New? renewable 
  6. Inspection of heat-using machines and equipment
  7. Energy Audit
  8. Energy Service Company (ESCO)
  9. Support in the form of funds and tax incentives
  10. Integrated Energy Supply (IES)
  11. Consultation for Energy Use plan
  12. Efficiency management system
    1. Overview of the efficiency management system
    2. Energy consumption efficiency grade indication system
    3. Energy consumption efficiency grade indication system
    4. Standby power reduction program
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The status of Energy Efficiency Management Programs how to identify enegy saving products
The status of Energy Efficiency Management Programs

Korea's Energy Standards & Labeling

All the household appliances and home electronics, office equipment, lighting appliances, heating apparatuses and automobiles, we use everyday, consume energy. However, there are higher and lower energy consumption products

Energy Efficiency Management ProgramsHigh efficiency Appliance Certification Program (since ‘96) the Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling Program (Included MEPS) (since ‘92) e-Standby Program (since ‘99) Enhancement of the beginning stage’s products efficiency 21 target products including refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. Mandatory reporting scheme. Mandatory indication of energy efficiency label and applying MEPS Spread of High-efficiency  Appliance and promotion of initiative market 41 target products including LED lighting equipments, etc. Voluntary certification scheme. Issue High-efficiency Appliance Label and Certification Reduce standby power of electronic appliances and office equipment 20 target products including computers, TVs, etc. Some products have been changed from Voluntary reporting scheme to mandatory reporting scheme (‘08.8.28)
Energy Efficiency Standards & Labeling Program
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.
e-Standby Program
E-Standby Program is to promote the widespread use of energy saving products that decrease standby power. The products, meet the energy saving standard which is suggested by the government, are entitled to bear the Energy Saving Label. There are 20 target products in home electronics and office equipment, etc.
MKE and KEMCO introduced mandatory Standby Power Warning Label program as the first country in the world by amending ‘The Rational Energy Utilization Act’, according to ‘Standby Korea 2010’ which is a roadmap to limit standby power below 1W.
  1. Mandatory reporting standby power of target products for Standby Power Warning Label (In case of violation, a fine up to 5 thousand dollars will be charged.)
  2. Mandatory labeling Products for failing standby standard (In case of violation, a fine up to 5 thousand dollars will be charged.)
Standby Warning Label Energy Saving Label:“Energy Boy” Label

Products failing
standby standard

Products satisfying
standby standard

High-efficiency Appliances Certification Program
The High-efficiency Appliances Certification Program is to single out those products, perform above the certain standards, for promoting High-efficiency Appliance and initiative market. Certified products are entitled to bear the High-efficiency Appliance Label and certificates are also issued. There are 44 target products including pumps, boilers, and lighting appliances.