Commercial refrigeration

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

On 24 November 2017, 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.

Meanwhile, EECA is also working on updating the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 in New Zealand within the same timeframe, subject to NZ Cabinet approval.

For New Zealand, the decision to accept the RIS recommendations approved by COAG Energy Ministers is still subject to Cabinet consideration and EECA will advise stakeholders on this in due course.

Prior to commencement of new MEPS levels, an Implementation Paper will be drafted and circulated to stakeholders for consultation. The Implementation Paper will include further detail on a number of topics including:

  • Approach to transitioning existing registrations
  • Star rating algorithm and how this will be displayed online and used by industry
  • Deemed to comply method
  • Registration system
  • Updates on timing and process etc.

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