About the E3 Programme
Through the E3 Programme, New Zealand and Australia develop common energy efficiency measures to regulate the energy performance of products in both countries.
Working with Australia
Working together through the E3 Programme enables New Zealand and Australia to share the cost of regulation and makes it easier and cheaper for businesses trading in both countries to comply with regulations. New Zealand participates in the E3 Programme through a trans-Tasman Policy Framework and Funding Arrangement. New Zealand’s party to this arrangement is the Minister of Energy and Resources.
The measures we develop through the E3 Programme are minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and the Energy Rating Label.
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Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) require that only products meeting a minimum standard for energy efficiency can be sold in New Zealand. Importers and manufacturers must ensure products are tested using the correct method, comply with the minimum standard, and are registered before being offered for sale.
Retailers should ensure products comply with MEPS and can be legally offered for sale. MEPS are reviewed regularly to keep pace with changes in technology and continue to raise energy performance.
The Energy Rating Label
The Energy Rating Label rates the energy efficiency of products and shows the amount of energy they use in a year, helping buyers compare similar models and choose the most energy efficient option.
Importers and manufacturers must ensure products are tested and labelled in line with requirements, are supplied with labels, and are registered before being offered for sale.
Retailers should ensure products comply with labelling requirements and can be legally offered for sale.
The Energy Rating Label is reviewed regularly to keep pace with changes in technology and continue to raise energy performance.
In New Zealand, requirements for MEPS and the Energy Rating Label are set out in the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 (the regulations), administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The regulations are made under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.
EECA commissioned Allen & Clarke to conduct an initial review of the regulations in 2018/19 - download the report below. The report suggests a number of amendments to the regulations that EECA will be investigating further in 2019/20. EECA will consult with stakeholders on any proposed amendments.
As part of this review, it was recommended that we investigate a systems-approach to MEPS. For the first phase of our investigation, we have produced a report exploring how a systems approach might contribute to a just transition to a low-carbon energy economy - find out more below.
EECA’s compliance role
EECA monitors compliance with the regulations and helps importers, manufacturers and retailers to understand and fulfil their obligations under the regulations.
EECA also collects information for compliance and enforcement purposes.