SGS Testing Korea was approved in March 2009 by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy to perform E-Standby certification testing. The E-Standby program launched in 1999, when it was published in Articles 18-21 of the Rational Energy Utilization Act in Korea.
The program is designed to save stand-by energy by encouraging manufacturers to produce energy-saving equipment that meets the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO). The products that meet the energy-saving standards are authorized to bear the Energy Saving Label. Products that do not meet the standard are required to bear a Standby Power Warning Label indicating that the product does not meet the energy-saving requirements.
The labels are meant to encourage manufacturers to eliminate sleep mode from their products and to minimize the amount of power used in standby mode.
The program currently covers 22 Types of Office Requipment and Home Electronics Products.
Currently, only the following types of products are required to bear either the Energy-Saving Label or the Standby Power Warning Label:
- Multi-function Devices
- Microwave Ovens
- Set-top Boxes
SGS Korea can currently perform E-Standby Certification testing for 20 of the 22 product categories, though modems and home gateways will be also included soon. After testing a product at one of SGS’s labs, manufacturers can register their certification to a special website (managed by KEMCO) and attach the approval mark on the product.
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