Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) China 1989

Name of policy Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
Jurisdiction Country
Supranational region
Country China
Region Asia

Subnational region or state
City or local
Policy objective
  • Mitigation
Type of policy instrument
  • Information and education
    • Performance label
    • Regulatory Instruments
      • Codes and standards
        • Product standards
        • Vehicle fuel-economy and emissions standards
      • Other mandatory requirements
      Sector name
      • Buildings
        • Appliances
      • Industry
        • Industrial energy related
      • Transport
        • Light duty vehicles
      Policy description MEPS in China have been introduced since 1989 with subsequent amendments. China has MEPS for a broad variety of products, including residential, commercial, industrial, and transport equipment and appliances.

      "While China uses similar principles for choosing target products as the U.S., Australia, EU and Japan, including high energy-consumption, mature industry and testing procedure and stakeholder support, recent MEPS revisions have generally aimed at only eliminating the bottom 20% efficiency of the market." "The Medium and Long-Term Plan for Energy Conservation issued by NDRC in 2004 further supported the development and implementation of appliance standards and energy labels by addressing weaknesses with lagging efficiency standards, inadequate compliance and slack enforcement of Energy Conservation Law efforts." "More recently, the mandatory categorical energy information label known as the China Energy Label was established in 2005 following legal provisions in the Energy Conservation Law with supporting regulation and support for implementation in the Product Quality Law and Legislation on Certification & Accreditation." "Under the revised “Energy Conservation Law” and the “Circular Economy Promotion Law of the People's Republic of China,” provisions were also added relating to energy efficiency labeling, and the management mechanism and penalty methods have been clearly defined, thus establishing the legal foundation for incorporating the energy efficiency labeling system as an important national energy saving management measure." (

      Policy type
      • Energy efficiency1
      Policy stringency
      Implementation state Implemented
      Date of decision 1989
      Start date of implementation
      End date of implementation
      High impact
      Impact indicator

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      Comments (background and assessment)
      Status Final

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