In mid-July, National Development and Reform Commission had a meeting with some home appliance enterprises, which caused much speculation about a new round home appliance supportive policy. Some insiders inferred that the state may introduce a long-term policy – Energy Saving Pacemaker to encourage innovation and development of conservation and environmental protection technologies in home appliance industry in China.
Some leaders of home appliance enterprises which have attended the meeting said, the meeting aims at making a new round of home appliance supportive policy to substitute the home appliance rebate policy terminated at the end of May. Different from the previous policy, universal rebate will be called off and only those extremely energy-efficient products will stay in the preferential scope this time.
A few days ago, some official of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said, the Ministry did not receive any notice to implement home appliance rebate policy continuously. On this basis, the home appliance industry deduced a conclusion that Energy Saving Pacemaker policy will not appear due to boycott from home appliance enterprises.
However, National Development and Reform Commission mentioned explicitly in an article titled “Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Has New Achievements and Great Development Potential” last Friday, it would strengthen formation of energy conservation market mechanism and revision of energy conservation standards, intensify fund support to contracted energy management project and popularization of energy-efficient products, and implement Energy Saving Pacemaker policy as well.
When answering a reporter’s question concerned Proposal about Accelerating Development of Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Industry, spokesman of National Development and Reform Commission mentioned market-oriented development and implementation of Energy Saving Pacemaker again.
Generally, Energy Saving Pacemaker is bound to be implemented, though the concrete implementation time and rules are unknown. It was said that the policy will be implemented as from Oct. 1st. To enjoy the preferential policy, the following criteria should be met: firstly, most products of the enterprise should be of high energy efficiency; the product should contain substantial energy conservation techniques; and the product should have considerate market shares. These points have not been confirmed by authorities.