Commercial refrigeration

Certain types of commercial refrigerated display cabinets are required to meet minimum energy performance standards (MEPS).

On 28 May 2018, Cabinet approved the proposed updates to regulations for Commercial Refrigeration products. This follows approval by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers (including Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods) agreed to the Decision Regulation Impact Statement for commercial refrigerated display and storage cabinets and accepted the following recommendations:

  • Adopt the international (ISO) test method for refrigerated display cabinets and European test methods for other refrigerated display cabinet types and storage cabinets.
  • Increase Australasian minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels to align with European Commission MEPS levels.

The E3 Programme is now working with stakeholders to finalise the technical criteria and replace the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Display Cabinets) Determination 2012. This is ahead of the introduction of new MEPS levels that are expected to become effective no earlier than by 1 December 2019.

Implementation Paper

On 10 May 2018, stakeholders were invited to comment on the Implementation update: Refrigerated display and storage cabinets paper. Stakeholders included industry associations and manufacturers. Four submissions were received.

The implementation paper updated and sought feedback from industry on the implementation of the proposals.

The paper also updates stakeholders and industry on developments since they were consulted on the recommendations of the trans-Tasman Technical Working Group in August 2017.  The implementation date for all proposals will be no earlier than 1 December 2019. 

Key implementation steps and dates:

  • Minor variations have been made to the relevant EU Standards so they are suitable for local consumption.
  • EEI methodology and calculations have been developed for all cabinet group types.
  • A proposed star rating scale has been developed which will allocate a number of stars to different models depending on their EEI.
  • The registration system is being upgraded and will be operational by 1 December 2018. New inputs will be required for the new registration channels: single registrations and low production volume/bespoke registrations (formerly referred to as “deemed to comply”), both of which will have a families of models option.
  • Transitional arrangements have been identified for both countries prior to the implementation date. These will enable existing compliant registrations to roll over to EEI registrations. They also provide the opportunity for non-compliant registrations to be upgraded to meet the new requirements.
  • An exposure draft of the Determination will be released to stakeholders mid-2018.
  • It is proposed that the Determination will be finalised and published on 1 December 2018.  
  • The Australian Determination will come into force no earlier than 1 December 2019, and will coincide with corresponding amendments to the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 in New Zealand.

For more information on the submissions or to read the document visit the Energy Rating website.

Implementation Update Refrigerated Display and Storage Cabinets - Energy Rating website

Regulatory Impact Statement

To view the Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Refrigerated Display and Storage Cabinets, visit the Energy Rating website.

Decision RIS - Refrigerated Display and Storage Cabinets - Energy Rating website Commercial Refrigeration - Energy Rating website

Consultation on this proposal occurred in 2016. More information on this proposal and the consultation that occurred is available on the Energy Rating website.

Consultation RIS - Refrigerated Display and Storage Cabinets - Energy Rating website

For more information on how these decisions are being implemented in New Zealand, you can contact EECA at