Air-conditioning contributes to more than 50% of the total electricity consumption in commercial buildings, including government offices, and is on the increase in the domestic sector as well. The most popular type of air-conditioners in these sectors is the single split type air conditioner. It has been estimated that 125.4 GWh of electricity can be saved by implementing this scheme by 2020.
After identifying the importance of contribution of air-conditioning to the national energy consumption, the SEA with the assistance of SLSI developed a standard and will be finalised after public comments by the end of 2017. Awareness is also viewed as an essential component in this project. The PTF on EDSM issued a circular on energy saving through efficient use of air-conditioners in public sector buildings. An awareness programme was conducted on May 23, 2017, for the government sector energy management officers.