On 28 April 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council Ministers (with Minister Megan Woods representing New Zealand) agreed to introduce minimum standards for LED lamps. In Australia there is also a phase out of halogen lighting products.
On 27 May 2019, the New Zealand Cabinet approved the policy proposal for introducing MEPS and labelling requirements for LED lamps. The proposed MEPS and labelling requirements will ensure that package claims are accurate and poor quality LED lamps are removed from the market.
The final proposal that Cabinet approved is the result of extensive stakeholder consultation. The original proposals were modified after feedback on the Consultation RIS, supplementary paper, an advisory group paper and further discussions with members of the advisory group.
The proposal included performance requirements aligned with the pending European Union (EU) regulation for LED lamps. On 1 October 2019, the EU adopted 10 ecodesign implementing regulations, setting out energy efficiency and other requirements for product groups including LEDs.
The regulations have now been published online.
Australian governments are now moving forward, in consultation with stakeholders, with the development of the performance requirements in a GEMS Determination. The GEMS Determination will form the basis of our amendments to New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations.
Additionally, the EL-041 AU/NZ Standards committee has commenced work on AS/NZS 5341 - the LED lamps test standard - and a revision to AS 4934.2 - the incandescent lamps for general lighting services MEPS standard. The committee has New Zealand representatives from EECA and the Lighting Council New Zealand.
The changes to New Zealand and Australian regulations are expected to align with the EU implementation towards the end of 2021.
More information on this proposal and the consultation that occurred is available on the Energy Rating website.
Thank you for your input to date, EECA will continue to keep stakeholders updated on the process.
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