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.
IEA Report on Standards and Labelling Programmes [PDF, 2.9 MB]
EECA’s role in E3We 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 emissionsThe products we buy keep getting more efficient, thanks to MEPS and MEPL. EECA tracks how much energy we save.
EECA is reviewing the regulations to make sure they are fit for purpose. We’ll consult stakeholders on any amendments.
Legal requirements are set out in the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. The regulations are made under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.
As part of the Regulations, we collect information for sales data and compliance and enforcement purposes. This includes import data for regulated products and their importers/manufacturers disclosed under our agreement with the New Zealand Customs Service.