Islamabad - Fan manufacturers have demanded exemption from duties on the import of Silicon Electric Steel Sheet, which is a basic raw material for motors and fans, so that they could produce energy efficient products at cheaper cost.

The demand came at Pakistan Energy Labels Authorisation Certificate Distribution Ceremony at which certificates were given to three qualified fan manufacturers: GFC Fans, UI Industries (STARCO Fans) and Super Asia.

Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power Younus Dagha informed the manufacturers that their demand for exemption had been placed before the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), and was also moved for inclusion in the Finance Bill by the ministry and ENERCON, but was not considered.

On behalf of fan manufacturers, CEO GFC Fans requested Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif to take necessary steps for fulfilling their demand, saying Silicon Electric Steel Sheet was a basic raw material for motors and fans.

Asif said on the occasion that production of quality products at cheaper rates should be a priority, and the government would facilitate all those manufacturing such energy saving items. The minister assured that the Ministry of Water and Power would take necessary steps to ensure that the fan manufacturers were granted exemption.

Asif said that the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2016 had been approved recently with the view to provide a legal cover to the efforts aimed at stopping wastage of energy. He appreciated the steps taken by ENERCON for implementing Energy Labeling Scheme, which, he hoped, would help consumers to buy energy efficient products. He also praised the fan manufacturers for voluntarily registering with the Energy Labeling Regime.

He said the programme would give an opportunity to bring other electronic products like motors, lights and air-conditioners at par with international standards.

On the occasion, Manager Director ENERCON Hassan Nasir Jamy said that ENERCON had closely worked with various key stakeholders like Ministry of Science & Technology, PCSIR, PSQCA, manufacturers of various appliances and development partners for developing the Energy Labeling Scheme. JICA chief, on the occasion, appreciated the role of ENERCON, Ministry of Water and Power and all the stakeholders.

He apprised the audience about the support being extended by JICA for the Energy Labeling Scheme and promoting Energy Efficiency.

He appreciated the role of MD ENERCON and Asad Mahmood, Manager Technical for successful implementation of the Scheme.

Keeping in view the availability of an accredited Fan testing lab of PCSIR in Pakistan and major share of electrical energy consumption by fans, it was told that the scheme had been also developed for electric fans.