Industrial equipment (pumps, boilers and compressors)
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) programme has primarily targeted household electrical equipment.
E3 is in the initial stages of investigating the potential for further energy savings through the creation of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for equipment used in the industrial sectors of Australia and New Zealand. The three types being considered are pumps, boilers and air compressors:
- Pumps are used in a broad range of industries to move fluids for various processes by mechanical means. Industries with large pump use include the potable water and wastewater, mining, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. In Australia and New Zealand, pumps are significant consumers of energy, accounting for approximately 10 per cent of total industrial electricity use in both countries.
- Boilers are used to provide hot water and steam for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. Sectors that use boilers include commercial buildings, food processing (including the dairy industry), the chemical manufacturing industry and wood and paper pulping.
- Air compressors are used throughout the industrial sector in a broad range of applications. Compressed air is used to drive equipment, tools and machines for various manufacturing and process activities. The Compressed Air Association of Australasia estimates 10 per cent of all industrial electricity consumption in Australia is used for powering compressed air systems. Air compressor use accounts for electricity consumption in the mining, construction, manufacturing, steel, chemical manufacture, wood and paper, and agriculture sectors.
The preliminary steps towards the development of MEPS on industrial products include consulting with technical experts and stakeholders.
A technical working group (TWG) has been created to provide advice regarding the technical aspects of the products and to determine how the equipment should be tested to set a minimum efficiency level.
Through a series of chaired meetings of the TWG, a set of product specifications and test methods will be decided upon, together with a set of options for MEPS levels for each product category. These criteria will be carried forward into broader cost benefit analysis modelling and policy analysis as part of a Regulation Impact Statement.
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