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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On 27 May 2019, the New Zealand Cabinet approved the E3 policy proposal for introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labeling requirements for LED lamps.

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

An E3 project to review the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for chillers has been initiated. A consultation Regulatory Impact Statement will be developed.

E3 is currently seeking your views on whether all new air conditioners and heat pumps, electric hot water cylinders, and electric vehicle chargers sold in New Zealand should be demand response capable.

Air conditioners and heat pumps must comply with minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) if they’re to be sold in New Zealand. 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. A process to amend current regulations is underway.

In April 2019, E3 agreed to put the non-domestic fans project on hold.

In May 2018, New Zealand Cabinet approved the E3 policy proposal to revise the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for commercial refrigeration. A process to amend current regulations is underway.

On 28 May 2018, New Zealand Cabinet approved the proposed updates to regulations for Household 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.