EGAT launches the new brand No. 5 Stars! Prepare to use January 1, 2024 to bring in allies to dispose of air conditioning and refrigerant waste.

Recently, EGAT joined OERC and partners to pilot a project to properly dispose of scrap air conditioners and refrigeration equipment, promoting an “Old Exchange New” campaign to get a 1,000 baht discount by handing in old air conditioners to scrap management. Emphasizing the expansion of the new 5-star energy saving fiber optic card by increasing the environmental requirements for air conditioners and refrigeration units. Ready for use in early 2024

Mr. Thawachai Samranwanich Assistant Governor for Power Plant Planning The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), in its capacity as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Cooling Industry Innovation Fund (EGAT Cooling Innovation Fund: CIF), co-chaired the opening of the project to promote the process of properly managing exhaust air in air conditioners and chillers. Continuing the Electricity Savings Poster No. 5 under the CIF Fund and giving a special lecture on the topic “The role of the refrigeration industry in pushing Thailand towards the goal of carbon neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero”, with Mr. Narat Rujirat, Director of the Institute of Electricity and Electronics (IEEE), and a representative of the Institute of Gases Greenhouse Management Organization (Public Organization) Chulalongkorn University Silpakorn University Khon Kaen University and Home Product Center Public Company Limited attended the event held at Richmond Grand Hotel, Richmond Stylish Convention Hotel, Mueang District, Nonthaburi Province.

Mr. Thawachai Samranwanich said that Thailand is an important center for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry in the world, so EGAT has been committed to supporting the high-efficiency air conditioning project No. 5 for more than 30 years and has moved forward to push the refrigeration industry towards green technology by switching to the use of environmentally friendly natural refrigerants. Through financial support from the CIF Fund, as well as strengthening cooperation between EGAT, FTI and partner networks, moving forward with a project to strengthen the process of properly managing air conditioner and refrigerant scrap. Experiment with the process of collecting expired air conditioners and enter the disassembly and disposal process correctly. From origin to destination according to the Circular Economy concept and “replace old with new” activities where people will receive a discount of 1,000 baht for each purchase of a new high-efficiency air conditioner, No. 5, simply by bringing the old air conditioner to a technician for degassing. Cool and absorb it again. And manage the leftovers properly. It has been piloted at HomePro Department Store Future Park Rangsit Branch, Prachachin Branch and Ratchavriok Branch, with a total of 375 rights from October 10, 2023 onwards or until rights run out. It is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. It is considered a part that will help the country reach carbon neutrality and net zero emissions goals in the future.

In addition, EGAT has modified the format of Energy Efficiency Label No. 5 by adding environmental requirements for air conditioners and refrigeration such as designing for recycled materials or using environmentally friendly refrigerants. Production, transportation and waste disposal processes that comply with the standards will officially come into use from January 1, 2024 onwards.

sideMr. Narat Rusherat The director of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) added. A project to enhance the proper management of air conditioners and refrigerants. Help create participation and encourage all sectors to become aware of the importance of managing air conditioning and refrigerant gas waste. Including distributors, consumers, scrap collectors, etc. Body Collection Centres, Body Transporters and Dismantling or Disposal Plants There is a process to manage air conditioner and refrigerant gas waste to the relevant sectors appropriately and effectively. To support the product waste management mechanism in accordance with the draft electrical and electronic product waste management law that will be implemented in the future. Propel and prepare the country to be able to create a safe system for managing hazardous waste products. Reducing the environmental impact and solving the problem of electronic waste in a sustainable manner. The Institute is willing to be an agency that helps promote and be part of the solution of environmental problems for the community and public benefit.

Electricity saving sticker No. 5, marked with a star, increases concern for the environment.

At the Electricity Use Management or Demand Side Management (DSM) where EGAT operates, there was an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of DSM last September, where EGAT launched the 5-Star Electricity Savings Label, a new format to raise the level of intensity in energy saving while caring for the environment. Which will officially begin use on January 1, 2024 as follows

– Increasing the efficiency standards of Electricity Saving Card No. 5 from 1-3 stars to 1-5 stars to increase options for using highly efficient electrical equipment and saving more electricity than before.

-It shows the amount of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions throughout the period of use. So that consumers can participate in reducing global warming by choosing electrical equipment No. 5.

– The Eco-Friendly Production Process (Circular Economy) symbol has been added to expand the role of Electricity Saving Card No. 5 from the purchase period to care throughout the life cycle of the equipment.

-Adding a QR code to communicate with consumers to access more information such as use, installation, and maintenance, in addition to various useful information.

Mr. Prasertsak Choengshawano, Deputy Governor for Strategy, EGAT.He explained that EGAT is committed to developing innovation and technology to meet the needs of sustainability in energy use. Both promote the efficient use of electricity, enhance energy saving trends among electricity consumers and promote concrete participation in GHG reduction in the public sector. Reaching the country’s carbon neutrality goal, throughout the 30 years of operation of the Electricity Administration through the three-zone strategy, including equipment, buildings, industry and customs, to cover all categories of electricity consumers in the residential, commercial and industrial sector. More than 40 projects could stimulate a reduction in electricity consumption by more than 35,600 million units, or approximately 178 billion baht, and lead to a reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by more than 19.7 million tons of carbon dioxide.

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