Regulatory requirements

The Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 set out the requirements that apply to importers, manufacturers and sellers of regulated products in New Zealand.

Regulations & standards

The Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002

  • Set out general requirements, exemptions and offences, and
  • List the standards (or other technical documents) that apply for each regulated product class.

Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 – NZ Legislation website

The Australian legislation equivalent to the regulations is the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012, which includes ministerial determinations made under the GEMS Act.

Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 – Australian Legislation website


Standards or other documents referenced in the regulations provide detail on:

  • The scope of products covered,
  • The correct method of test,
  • How to assess compliance with minimum energy performance standards (MEPS),
  • How to calculate a product’s energy rating, and
  • How to generate an Energy Rating Label for a product.

The standards are available from Standards New Zealand and Standards Australia’s SAI Global website.

Standards New Zealand

SAI Global

Key requirements for importers and manufacturers

For more detailed guidance on the key requirements, refer to the information sheets available for each regulated product, or our FAQs.

 Product information sheets

 Frequently asked questions

Get to know the regulations

Ensure you are aware of your basic obligations under the regulations.

Product testing

Ensure your product has been tested to the required standard (as listed in the regulations). You will need a copy of the test report for your records and to register your product with EECA.

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)

Ensure your product meets minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) where these apply.

Energy Rating Label

If your product is required to display an Energy Rating Label, you will need to calculate its energy rating using the test results for your product and the prescribed calculation method. You will then need to generate an accurate Energy Rating Label and supply this with the product.

Product registration

Products must be registered on the Energy Rating website before they can be sold. You will need to create a user account to do this.

 Product registration FAQs

Provide annual statistical information

Importers and manufacturers of products covered by energy efficiency regulations need to provide statistical information on sales annually to EECA – this helps with market surveillance and measuring, and reporting energy savings achieved under regulation.

Key requirements for retailers

Before you sell a product, ensure it is legal for sale – typically, only products that are legal for sale will appear on the Energy Rating website.

Upon purchase of the product, you should receive the product’s energy efficiency registration number, to allow you to identify the product on the Energy Rating website. If you are not supplied with this information upon purchase, we recommend not buying the product from that supplier.

Retailers have a responsibility to ensure products are labelled accurately and the labels are displayed correctly on products.