Industrial products strategy
Improving the efficiency of industrial equipment could have significant benefits for New Zealand.
By making non-domestic equipment and systems more energy efficient, our industries can save money on their fuel costs, our energy supply can keep up with demand, and we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to meet our international climate change commitments.
EECA estimates at least 20% of energy used in motor systems, and 10% used in steam systems could be saved by using more efficient equipment, reducing leaks and making sure the systems run smoothly. The up front cost of remedial actions could be paid for by the energy savings that result.
In 2010, EECA consulted on a draft industrial products strategy developed through the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program. This consultation document explored options to improve the energy efficiency of new industrial equipment in motor-driven systems (i.e. equipment such as pumps and fans connected to electric motors and gas fuelled equipment such as boilers). Options include the potential of using Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) as a tool to shift the market towards more efficient models, as well as best practice guides on equipment selection, installation and maintenance.
Download the Industrial Products Strategy discussion paper [Joint Australian/New Zealand energy rating website]
Consultation on the draft strategy closed in November 2010 and industry's feedback is being used to inform further work on the strategy. EECA anticipates a finalised strategy will be released in late 2012 to map out options to help raise the efficiency of industrial equipment in New Zealand. These may include further steps to explore the potential of MEPS, which would require further market analysis and consultation with industry. Once the strategy is finalised, a link will published on EECA's website and stakeholders will be notified.
Exploring the efficiency of pumps and fans
In the interim, further investigation is underway on individual product areas identified in the draft strategy, including industrial pumps and fans.
For non-domestic fans and small fan units, product profiles (market assessments) have now been developed to explore the energy performance of installed stock, sales trends, the potential for better performing models to dominate sales, and options for raising efficiency.
Where to from here?
- After industry's feedback has been considered, the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Committee will decide on the best options to pursue.
- If further consideration is given to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) as an option, EECA will be required to develop a proposal, consult on it with industry, and obtain government approval before introducing any new requirements into regulation. This process is expected to take at least two years. EECA will consult with industry throughout the process.