13262340_mEGYPT: In an effort to help reduce its energy consumption by 20%, Egypt is to ban the sale of air conditioners that can cool below 20ºC. 

Faced with a worsening energy crisis, the commerce, industry and investment minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, has announced that from June 18 the production and import of air conditioners capable of cooling below 20ºC will be banned.

The announcement is one of a number of measures being taken by Egypt to  reduce its consumption of electric power and includes measures to raise the efficiency of air conditioners under the international energy efficiency standard ISO5150.