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Ministry of the Environment – Supreme Decree N°38 establishes emission standards for generator sets

20 Sep 2021


On September 15, 2021, Supreme Decree No. 38 was published, which establishes the emission standard for generators, coming into force today. This standard is part of the environmental regulation program 2020-2021 of the Ministry of Environment.

Scope of application: new generator sets (those whose importation takes place 24 months after the entry into force of this decree), throughout the national territory, which are powered by internal combustion engines with compression ignition, with a maximum engine power greater than or equal to 19 kW.

Exception: generator sets operating in areas without access to the National Electric System, whose main use is the supply of residential customers.

Mandatory: Manufacturers or their legal representatives in Chile, distributors or importers of generators subject to the emission limits required by the standard, which must submit the respective documentation to the Superintendence of the Environment.


Should you require additional information on this matter, please contact: Martin Esser,