Measures under consideration

The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Programme profiles the energy savings potential of different technologies and market interventions and prioritises them for investigation and review accordingly.

How we develop new measures

The steps involved to develop new or revised measures include:

  • Engagement with industry stakeholders to gain an understanding of the markets and technologies under investigation.
  • Identifying options to improve energy efficiency and assessing their costs, benefits and other impacts.
  • Providing a proposal for public consultation and assessing submissions.
  • Developing standards and technical requirements with the input of industry stakeholders.
  • Presenting final recommendations for decision to the Council of Australian Government’s Energy Council (which includes New Zealand’s Minister of Energy and Resources) and the New Zealand Cabinet.
  • Drafting and implementing regulation to give effect to the new or revised measures.
  • Assisting industry to prepare for and transition to the new or revised measures.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder input is sought at each stage during the development of new or revised measures.

Regular communication on the day-to-day operation and effectiveness of the E3 Programme, and any key issues, is maintained with key industry stakeholders through direct relationships and the E3 Review Committee.

E3 Review Committee - Energy Rating website

Current priorities

Learn more about specific measures under consideration below.

More information about products prioritised under the 2017-18 E3 work programme can be found in the E3 Prioritisation Plan.

E3 Prioritisation Plan 2017-18 - Energy Rating website

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MEPS are currently under review and new measures are proposed. On 28 May 2018, Cabinet approved the proposed updates to regulations for Commercial Refrigeration products.

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.

MEPS are currently under review for chillers.

EECA is proposing to introduce MEPS on LED lamps. On 28 April 2018, COAG agreed to introduce minimum standards for LED lamps in Australia and New Zealand in line with European (EU) standards.

On 28 May 2018, New Zealand Cabinet approved the proposed updates to regulations for Household Refrigeration products. Consultation on the draft standard is open till 15 August 2018.

New Zealand Cabinet has agreed to update the requirements to harmonise with an international test standard for registration of electric motors, streamlining the registration process for industry.

Consultation occurred in May 2017 on a proposal to adopt MEPS for industrial fans, based on European regulations, and an option to develop a purchaser education programme to drive demand for energy efficient fan units.

The MEPS and labelling requirements for air conditioners and heat pumps are currently under review and a number of changes are proposed.

The E3 Programme is planning to undertake a review of the existing requirements for televisions and assess opportunities to make further energy efficiency gains.