To increase end-use efficiency and reduce losses in power generation, transmission and distribution, Brazil adopted an appliance labeling program in 1984. With assistance from Programa Nacional de Conservação de Energia Elétrica (PROCEL, the National Energy Conservation Program), the federal government has taken steps towards establishing a formal regulatory framework for energy efficiency standards and labeling.
Brazil has implemented voluntary and mandatory labels and standards for many domestic, industrial and commercial products. The Brazilian minimum energy performance standards program is developed and administered by Inmetro. Endorsement labels are awarded annually by PROCEL for domestic electric equipment and by CONPET (the National Program of Rational Use of Oil and Natural Gas) for gas appliances. The Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT, the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards) is responsible for the management of the Brazilian test standards process and ensuring conformity with test standards applied in voluntary or compulsory product certification schemes.
PROCEL is a program developed by Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy and Ministry of Commerce and Industry. As the National Energy Conservation Program, PROCEL promotes the streamlining of the production and consumption of electricity in order to eliminate waste and reduce costs.
CONPET is a program developed by Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy, coordinated by various federal government agencies and private initiative representatives. The CONPET Seal for Energy Efficiency, in force since August 2005, is intended for equipment using oil and natural gas with the lowest levels of fuel consumption.
ABNT establishes and manages marks of conformity with test standards applied in voluntary or mandatory product certification schemes. ABNT is an accredited registration body that certifies quality systems, environmental management systems, and products.
Legislative S&L History
In 2001, Federal Law 10295 stated the establishment of maximum levels of consumption or minimum energy efficiency of energy-consuming equipment. This was followed by Decree 4059 which established the specific regulations of each product such as how to evaluate the compliance levels to be achieved and inspection. Decree 4059 further pronounced Inmetro as the body responsible for monitoring, conformity assessment, and voluntary labeling.
PROCEL was created in December 1985 by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and it is managed by an Executive Secretariat under Eletrobras. On July 18, 1991, PROCEL was transformed into a government program, with expanded scope and responsibilities.
CONPET was created by the federal government through presidential decree in 1991.
ABNT was created in 1940, as a non-profit organization engaged in the preparation of national standards. In 1962, Federal Law 4150 granted ABNT the status of Public Utility Organization. Later on, in 1973, another Federal Law 5966 created the National System of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality, sponsored by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. In this system, by a Governmental Resolution of 1992, ABNT was declared the only National Forum for Standardization, being responsible for the management of the Brazilian Standardization Process.