What is the E3 programme?
Under the Equipment Energy Efficiency programme (E3), New Zealand and Australia regulate the energy efficiency of products in both countries. The Regulations cover products for home, commercial and industrial use.
E3 develops 2 measures—MEPS and MEPL
Both measures are reviewed regularly to keep pace with technology and to continue to raise energy performance.
- Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) - products must meet minimum energy efficiency standards to be sold in New Zealand.
- Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL) - the Energy Rating Label helps consumers compare energy efficiency and running costs of different products when deciding what to buy.
Efficient products produce fewer carbon emissions
MEPS and MEPL Regulations encourage New Zealanders to develop, import and sell more energy efficient products.
Collaborating with Australia means we share the cost of regulation, making it easier and cheaper for businesses trading in both countries to comply.
New Zealand participates in E3 through a trans-Tasman Policy Framework and Funding Arrangement. Our party to this arrangement is the Minister of Energy and Resources.
EECA’s role in E3
We develop and monitor compliance with the Regulations. We help importers, manufacturers and retailers to understand and fulfil their legal obligations under the Regulations.
E3 saves money, energy, and emissions
The products we buy keep getting more efficient, thanks to MEPS and MEPL. EECA tracks how much energy we save.