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UAE to ban sale of inefficient air conditioners

Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology has announced plans to restrict importing inefficient air-conditioning units into the UAE and has begun rolling out energy efficiency labelling system for window type and split-systems, Gulf News has reported. Starting January 2012, no air-conditioning unit will be allowed entry to the UAE unless they comply with energy efficiency labelling system. "For the ones that are already in the market place, we have agreed with the traders that they have to remove them from their inventory either by selling them or shipping them somewhere else by the end of this year," Mohammad Saleh Badri, Acting Director General, ESMA, said.