By Pablo G. Paisan
Argentinian Electrotechnical Committee
IRAM – Standardization
Energy efficiency and electrical appliances have been the hub of the meetings of COPANT (Comisión Panamericana de Normas Técnicas – Pan American Standards Commission) technical committees, TC 151 Energy Effciency and Renewable Energies and TC 152 Electrotechnics and Smart Grids, held in Bogota on August 31st and September 1st, 2015.
COPANT, a civil association of National Standardization Bodies (NSBs) of American countries, currently consists in 34 active members and 10 adherent members. During the meetings, the delegations of the each country showed their particular positions from the technical point of view as well as the problems generated by the diversity of the products they produce or import.
The agenda of the meetings included COPANT standard drafts on energy efficiency labeling for equipment using different energy sources (electric, gas or solar systems) and vehicles, as well as safety issues concerning household appliances.
The event was attended by representatives of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, USA, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay and Dominican Republic and hosted by ICONTEC – Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación – whose director, Mr. Roberto Montoya, together with Mr. German Nava and Mr. Jaime Restrepo, welcomed the representatives of the delegations and highlighted the importance of this event for the regional standardization during the opening ceremony.
The attendees discussed COPANT standard drafts for energy efficiency labels on: electric single-phase motors, tv sets, gas space heaters, LED lamps, vehicles, pedestal and ceiling fans, efficiency in buildings and solar heaters. They also assessed the progress made concerning electric safety and the standards applicable to household appliances, spin extractors, washing machines and air conditioners.
The participation of the different industry sectors of each country shows their interest in taking part in the development of regional standards which are very often adopted by many countries to assess the performance of the products marketed in their respective territories.
In addition, CT 152 also continues to be an important regional forum for interchanging information related to the implementation of energy efficiency labeling in the different countries, which provides them an invaluable experience to approach the energy efficiency labeling on new products at a national level.
Upon the end of the last meeting, the attendees voted in favor of the proposal that Buenos Aires be the venue for the next year meetings; thus, the capital city of Argentina, which was the venue the for TCs 151 and 152 meetings in 2012, shall be also the host of the FINCA meeting in 2016. The interest with which the industry sectors are participating in TCs 151 and 152 suggests that the event this year will have the same repercussion it had in 2012.