Ministry of Knowledge Economy Notification 2010-124 :Regulation on Energy Efficiency Labeling and Standards

Last updated: 5 November 2017

The purpose of this notification is to summarize the energy saving standards for electrical equipment and to regulate the monitoring program for the import of efficient equipment, 23 categories of equipment are summarized in this notification. The category included are the following:

  • refrigerator
  • freezer
  • Kimchi Refrigerator
  • air conditioner
  • washing machine
  • Horizontal drum washing machine
  • dishwasher
  • dish drier
  • Electrical Cooler and Heater for Drinking-Water Storage
  • rice cooker
  • vacuum cleaner
  • electric fan
  • air cleaner
  • incandescent lamp
  • fluorescent lamp
  • Fluorescent lamps ballast
  • associated ballast
  • 3 Phase Induction motor
  • Household Gas Boiler
  • adapter / charger
  • electric driven heat pump
  • Commercial Refrigerator
  • Gas water heater

In particular this regulation defines minimum energy performance level for air conditioner of window and unitary type and split type with cooling capacity less than 23 kW; cooling fans and electric driven heat pumps. Details on these equipment's can be found hereafter.

Air-conditioner:

  • Air-conditioners of rated cooling power consumption of not more than 7,500W and the rated cooling capacity of not more than 23,000W
  • If it has heater, the rated power consumption of heater shall be not more than 5,000W.
  • Exclude water cooling, duct-type, portable, multi-split type
  • Cooling Energy Efficiency Ratio (hereinafter “EER) shall be measured by the test method of KS C 9306, which is obtained from the cooling capacity divided by the cooling power consumption.

electric cooling fans:

  •  By KS C 9301 household electric fan (desktop or stand) which has the diameter of wing of 20~41 cm and the axial single wing run by induction motor to be used in general (table, stand, etc.) .
  •  Energy Efficiency shall be measured by the test method in Annex 1, which is obtained from standard air flow divided by power consumption.

Electric driven heat pump:

  • Electric driven heat pump of rated cooling power consumption of not more than 7,500W and the rated cooling capacity of not more than 23,000W
  • If it has heater, the rated power consumption of heater shall be not more than 30,000W.
  • Exclude water cooling, duct-type, portable, multi-split type
  • Averaged Energy Efficiency Ratio (hereinafter “EER”) shall be measured by the test method of KS C 9306, which is obtained from CSPF(Cooling Seasonal Performance Factor) and HSPF(Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).

Air-conditioner MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard)

Window type room air conditioner - 2.88 W/W

Split type

  • RCC (rated cooling capacity) < 4.0 kW - 3.37 W/W
  • 4.0 kW ≤ RCC < 10.0 kW - 2.97 W/W
  • 10.0 kW ≤  RCC < 17.5 kW - 2.76 W/W

Effective date : From 1st of January, 2004

Electric fans MEPS and TEPS (Target Energy Performance Standard)

  • MEPS: P ≤ 0.0193A+0.0972 (entered into force after 1st of July, 2009)
  • TEPS: P ≤ 0.0425A+0.2125

 A = Diameter of Wing (cm)

 P = MEPS or TEPS

Electric driven heat pumps MEPS

Non-ducted and ducted unitary(Including window type) - 2.00 W/W

Split type

  • RCC < 4kW  - 2.40 W/W
  • 4kW ≤ RCC < 10kW - 2.20 W/W
  • 10kW ≤ RCC < 23.0kW - 2.00 W/W

Effective date: From 1 January 2009

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Building systems
  • Space heating
  • Space cooling
  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Refrigeration
  • Cooking
  • Clothes washing
  • Dish washing
  • Plug loads
  • Industry end-uses
  • Industrial equipment
  • Other