How we develop new requirements
Revising or developing new measures is an extensive process. The steps include:
- engaging with industry to understand product markets
- identifying and assessing options to improve energy efficiency
- seeking public and industry feedback on proposed change
- developing Standards and technical requirements with industry
- seeking Cabinet approval
- helping industry to transition to the new requirements.
Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) members maintain regular communication with key industry stakeholders through direct relationships and the E3 Review Committee.
How the E3 programme is administered(external link)
New regulations under development
Under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Programme, EECA works with our partners to profile the energy savings potential of different technologies and market interventions. We prioritise them for investigation and review accordingly.
E3 Prioritisation Plan 2021-2022(external link)
Electronic Displays: televisions, computer monitors, and digital signage displays
EECA and the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) are consulting on whether to update the MEPS and MEPL requirements for electronic displays.
Australia's Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) due to expire
EECA and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) are consulting on 6 products energy efficiency regulations that are due to sunset (expire) in Australia in the next few years.
Residential space heaters in Australia and New Zealand
On 17 May 2021, the E3 programme released a product profile on residential space heaters in Australia and New Zealand.
During 2019, E3 investigated whether all new air conditioners and heat pumps, electric hot water cylinders, and electric vehicle chargers sold in New Zealand should be demand response capable.
On 28 April 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council Ministers, alongside New Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources - Megan Woods, agreed to introduce minimum standards for LED lamps that align with European Union regulations.
Air conditioners & heat pumps
In May 2019, New Zealand Cabinet approved the E3 policy proposal to revise the MEPS and energy labeling requirements for air conditioners and heat pumps. A process to amend current regulations is underway.
An E3 project to review the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for chillers has been initiated. A consultation Regulatory Impact Statement will be developed.
Industrial equipment (pumps, boilers and compressors)
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme has primarily targeted household electrical equipment. The E3 Programme is in the initial stages of investigating potential regulations for industrial equipment.
In April 2019, E3 agreed to put the non-domestic fans project on hold.
In May 2018, New Zealand Cabinet approved the E3 policy proposal to revise the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for commercial refrigeration. A process to amend current regulations is underway.
Fridges & freezers (domestic)
On 28 May 2018, New Zealand Cabinet approved the proposed updates to regulations for Household Refrigeration products.
Hot water systems
EECA is leading a joint project with Australia to improve the energy efficiency of water heating in residential households under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Programme.
Electric motors (three-phase)
New Zealand Cabinet has agreed to update the requirements in line with an international test standard for registration of electric motors, streamlining the registration process for industry. An issues paper is being developed.
Commercial ice makers
EECA and the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) are consulting on whether to introduce Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for commercial ice makers.