MEPS currently apply to single phase units, and three phase units, and multi-split units. Single-phase non-ducted air conditioners and heat pumps must also display the energy rating label.

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.

65kW and under

The project for air conditioners with a capacity of 65kW and under has now closed following the creation of the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Amendment Regulations 2020(external link). The Amendment was made on 14 December 2020 and came into force on 1 July 2021.

Above 65kW

Larger air conditioning units rated at a capacity 65kW or more are not currently covered by MEPS in New Zealand. They are used mainly in commercial and industrial premises.

The E3 proposal, agreed to by COAG in December 2018 and New Zealand Cabinet in May 2019, introduces MEPS for air-conditioners/heat pumps with a capacity over 65kW in New Zealand. To align with our E3 partners this amendment is forecast to come into force on 1 October 2022.

At present, EECA and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are working with the Parliamentary Counsel Office to amend the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 to include the above proposal.

Consultation and documents

Two rounds of consultation on this proposal occurred in 2016.

More information on the new requirements is available on the Energy Rating website.(external link)

Decision RIS – Air conditioners(external link)