About the Equipment Energy Efficiency programme

Equipment Energy Efficiency Programme (E3) is a trans-Tasman programme that works to align energy efficiency requirements between Australia and New Zealand.


How the E3 programme works

This video gives an overview of how the E3 programme works.

Video - How the E3 programme works.

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)

MEPS ensure that only efficient products are available for sale. Products must be shown to meet a minimum standard for energy efficiency through testing and registered before they can be legally sold in New Zealand. Standards are reviewed regularly to keep pace with technological developments, and ensure improvements continue to happen.

Energy rating labels (ERL)

ERL provide information on how much energy an appliance uses in a year, plus a star rating to show how energy efficient it is. The label helps the buyer compare between models and choose the most energy efficient appliance that suits their needs.

Importers, manufacturers, retailers, and people selling new appliances have obligations to ensure that energy rating labels are fixed to or supplied with appliances for sale. 

ERL and MEPS are regulated in New Zealand through the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002.

Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 - New Zealand legislation website

Product summary

The table below shows which products must meet minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), and which products which must display energy rating labels (ERL).

Some of these products are under investigation for future MEPS, revised MEPS or test standards or labelling. ERL, climate rating labels or voluntary measures may also be under consideration.

Product typeMEPSERLUnder consideration
Ballasts for fluorescent  lamps   ✓    
Clothes dryers  
Clothes Washers  
Compact fluorescent lamps  
Computer monitors
Computer room air conditioners    
Computers and laptops  
Data centres    
Distribution transformers  
Electric motors (3 phase)  
External power supplies    
Fridges and freezers
Gas Space Heaters    
Gas water heaters  
Halogen lamps    
Heat  pumps and air conditioners  
Heat pump water heaters    
LED lamps    
Linear fluorescent lamps    
Refrigerated display cabinets  
Refrigerated storage or service cabinets    
Set top boxes    
Solar water heaters    
Standby power, video games, battery chargers    

Other E3 activity

Climate rating labels - Energy rating website

E3 news and events - Energy rating website

Consultations - Energy rating website

Regulatory requirements

Regulatory requirements for importers, manufacturers and retailers

If you import, manufacture or sell products in New Zealand that are regulated under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 there are legal obligations that you need to meet.

Energy Efficiency Regulations 2002 - New Zealand legislation website

Standards New Zealand website

Importers and manufacturers

Step 1. Product testing

Testing ensures your product meets minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and determines what information goes on your product's energy rating label (ERL), if one is required. You’ll also need a test report to register your product with EECA.

Step 2. Product labelling

If your product is regulated you must supply an ERL with the product. If you’re displaying the product for sale then make sure the ERL is displayed as specified in the relevant product standard.

Step 3. Product registration

Your products must be registered before they can be sold - you need to register your product on the energy rating website.

Step 4. Statistical information

Importers and manufacturers of products covered by energy efficiency regulations need to provide statistical information on sales, import and export data annually to EECA. You will need a user account to log in and submit data through the EECA website.

 Request user account for submitting data

Energy Rating website


Before you sell a product, make sure that the product is legal for sale. Typically only products that are legal for sale will appear on the Energy Rating website.

The person you’re buying the product from should be able to supply you with the product’s energy efficiency registration number,  so you can identify the product on the Energy Rating website. If they can't supply you with this information, don’t buy the product from them.

Energy Rating website