The development of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for lighting, refrigerators, fans, and air conditioners will increase the efficiency of energy use in buildings and increase use of energy conservation. With appropriate institutional support MEPS are an effective way to increase the energy efficiency of products. By specifying a minimum energy performance level they prevent inefficient products from entering the marketplace. MEPS are periodically updated as technologies improve and help to increase average product efficiency over time. For consumers, this means that products available in the market use less energy and have lower running costs over the life of the product. Using energy efficient products also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and our impact on the environment.
The Free Trade Agreement in Caricom means that it is important for any MEPS to be implemented on a regional scale for them to be effective. This presents an opportunity for mutually beneficial regional cooperation. The proposal scope has been designed to accommodate all countries in the Caribbean region. At present St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines have indicated their interest in participating in the proposed programme, and responses are being sought from other countries.
The three technologies that are the most energy intensive and would benefit the region in regulation are Lighting, Refrigeration and Cooling (Air Conditioners and Fans).