Customs not to certify poor-quality ACs

Updated 05 July 2013
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Customs not to certify poor-quality ACs

From this month Saudi Customs will stop issuing “certificates of conformity” for air conditioners that do not comply with the minimum requirements for energy efficiency.
The customs authorities made it clear in mid-May that it would make the requirements mandatory to ensure that air conditioners meet standard specifications to save energy.
A customs official said it would stop issuing conformity certificates to products which are not in line with the new specifications.
The official said certificates for products not in line with the new standards will be accepted for a period of two months from the beginning of July to Sept. 7 to facilitate compliance. After this date, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will not allow sale of such air conditioners and will begin inspection visits in early 2014.
The source clarified that until September, the conformity certificates will be made according to their new design and would be valid for two years, and the old certificates will be replaced with new ones. The recipients will be notified on the continued validity without imposing any additional fee.
The customs department announced recently that it will not allow import of air conditioners which were in violation as of Sept. 7, and that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will not allow their sale.
The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) said the Kingdom would gain immensely on energy conservation once the new standards are made mandatory. “The higher the level of efficiency of electrical appliances including air conditioners, the greater will be the savings on electricity consumption, said Abdul Salam Yamani of SEC.
A recent study conducted by Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency revealed that air conditioners with six-star ratings had high efficiency while those with lower ratings had lower efficiency.
The study also revealed that high efficiency air conditioners save up to 25 percent on energy. Air conditioners are on top of electrical household appliances bought by consumers and constitute 65 percent of a household’s energy consumption. It also accounts for 53 percent of the total energy consumption in the Kingdom.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.