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.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.