SGS Helps Household Appliance Suppliers Understand Saudi Arabia’s Energy Efficiency Program and Labeling Rules

Top Quote Following a workshop held in Riyadh by SASO and SEEC, our SGS expert explains some of the changes affecting electrical appliances destined for the Saudi Arabian market. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 19, 2018 - The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has released details of its new energy efficiency program. In co-ordination with the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC), they held a workshop in Riyadh in February 2018, entitled “Energy Efficiency Standards for Electrical Appliances.” It covered several topics of interest to manufacturers and suppliers of electrical appliances, including a review of the most important requirements for some of Saudi Arabia’s new electrical appliance standards, details of the enforcement plan for these standards, and information on the new energy efficiency label.

    The workshop covered these standards:
    • SASO 2892 for refrigerators and freezers - requirements of energy performance labels and tests
    • SASO 2885 for electric washing machines - requirements of energy performance, water and labels
    • SASO 2663 requirements of energy performance, labels and tests for small-capacity window and single-split air conditioners
    • SASO 2883 for electric clothes dryers – requirements of energy performance and labels
    • SASO 2884 for water heaters – requirements of energy performance and labels for all types of heaters

    Delegates were particularly interested in the new water heater standard – SASO 2884:2017 Water Heaters Energy Performance Requirements and Labeling. SASO originally detailed its intention to specify performance and energy labeling requirements for water heaters in a World Trade Organization (WTO) circular issued in June 2017. The new standard, published in January 2018, takes into account the comments received after the circular.

    The new standard covers all types of water heater sold in the Saudi Kingdom, including:
    • Electric storage-type water heaters up to 2,000 liters
    • Electric instantaneous type water heaters up to 2,000 liters
    • Storage tanks up to 2,000 liters
    • Electric heat pump and solar water heaters up to 2,000 liters
    • Gas-type water heaters up to 300 liters

    This standard came into effect on July 5, 2018, and so importers and manufacturers must ensure their products comply with the law before accessing the Saudi marketplace.

    A principal part of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program is the introduction of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Label for electrical appliances. This is essentially an awareness label to give consumers reliable information about individual products to allow them to comparison shop based on energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is expressed in the form of stars – low energy consuming appliances having more stars. The Energy Efficiency Label also displays basic information about the product – for example, type of device, model and brand, electric energy consumption and test standard.

    The Saudi Energy Efficiency Program is an attempt to rationalize energy consumption in the country. Its introduction will help protect the economy and reduce individual energy consumption.

    SGS Saudi Arabia Solutions
    SGS is proactive in helping household appliance manufacturers and importers understand and implement the necessary standards for accessing the Saudi Arabian market. We are accredited against all new SASO home appliance standards, and our global network of technical experts offer complete testing solutions to help you demonstrate compliance with the new Saudi appliance standards and obtain the latest SASO energy efficiency label.

    To learn more about how SGS can help your home electronics achieve compliance with the relevant SASO standards, please visit SGS Electrical and Electronics: (

    For more information, contact:

    Sven Dong
    EEC Safety Lab - Household Appliance Technical Manager
    Tel: +86 021 6191 5689
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com

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