Country:New Zealand
Year:2002
Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2002
Date Amended:

Updated at regular intervals - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 (effective from April 2014). 

Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Residential Appliances>Computers, Residential Appliances>Cooking & Laundry, Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Refrigeration, Residential Appliances>Ventilation, Residential Appliances>Space heating, Residential Appliances>Home entertainment
Agency:Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
URL:http://www.eeca.govt.nz/standards-and-ratings/minimum-energy-performance-standards-and-labelling
Legal References:Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. The Regulations (including all versions and amendments) can be viewed in full at: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/default.aspx
Funding:Around NZD 3 million a year is allocated to MEPS and labelling, ENERGY STAR and Vehicle Fuel Economy Rating
Evaluation:EECA (under provisions in the relevant regulation) collects annual sales data from manufacturers and suppliers for products subject to MEPS. This is used to calculate and report on annual and cumulative energy savings from MEPS. For information on the findings from the latest sales analysis (till March 2011) see http://www.eeca.govt.nz/news/efficient-fridges-biggest-contributor-product-energy-savings. EECA commissions twice-annual labelling compliance surveys and gathers information on consumer recognition of the label as part of its quarterly market research; both activities provide a benchmark for ongoing comparison of the coverage and influence of the label over time. The Australian Commonwealth Government Department of Energy Efficiency and Climate Change has commissioned two post-intervention evaluative studies to determine how MEPS and energy labelling interventions introduced under the E3 Program (in partnership between the Australian & New Zealand Governments) have transformed the market for household refrigerating appliances and air conditioners (heat pumps) - see http://www.energyrating.gov.au/resources/program-www.eeca.govt.nz/eeca-library/products/labels/report/energy-labelling-customer-survey-04.pdf
Penalty:Under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002, penalties of up to NZD10,000 can be issued for each breach of the regulations.
Description:

In November 2000, it was decided, as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000, that Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL) would be applied to the same product classes as those regulated in Australia, and implemented along similar lines. Regulations covering mandatory energy performance standards and labelling came into force in 2002. New Zealand entered into a joint work programme with Australia in 2004/05 to strengthen trans-Tasman regulatory alignment.  

As with MEPS, mandatory labels in New Zealand align with those set by the Australian Government.  Product labelling regulations require retailers to provide energy efficiency information to consumers at the point of sale. The labels assess how much electricity the appliance is likely to use in a year (on average) and provide a star rating that compares the appliance’s efficiency to other appliances of its kind. Seven product classes are covered to date (Air conditioners/heat pumps (non-ducted); Dishwashers; Dryers; Domestic fridges and freezers; Washing machines; Computer Monitors; and Televisions) and additional classes of product are under investigation.

Amended:

In November 2000, it was decided as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 that Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL) will be applied to those product classes regulated in Australia, and implemented along similar lines. Regulations covering mandatory energy performance standards and labelling came into force in 2002. Initial product classes are electrical. Additional classes of product are under investigation. Management of the Planned MEPL policy was passed from the Ministry of Economic Development to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority in 2000.

The latest labelling requirements  - for computer monitors  - were incorporated in regulation in 2013 (effective from April 2014).

Related policies:Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)

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