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

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.

Energy Rating Label

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.

Read more about the Energy Rating Label

The regulations

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.

 Find out more about regulatory requirements for importers, manufacturers and retailers

Energy Efficiency and Conversation Act 2000 – NZ Legislation website

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.