Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Air conditioners

Last updated: 22 August 2019
Increases MEPS levels for air conditioners >65 kW. MEPS levels of these products to match the 39 to 65 kW levels specified under the GEMS Act in Australia (i.e. AEER/ACOP of 2.90).

Higher levels are set to commence in the USA from January 2018 and be increased again in 2023 (the US will also move to a seasonal metric in 2018). These are final regulations and will become effective as scheduled. The new US MEPS levels for heating (a COP of 3.20 to 3.30, depending on the product type) are above the proposed increase to 2.90 based on ACOP. This is likely to lead to a small improvement in the average efficiency of products greater than 65 kW in Australia and New Zealand, due to imports of products that have been designed to meet the new US MEPS levels. It is expected to have minimal effect on the Australian and New Zealand markets, because products of this size are mainly manufactured or assembled locally.

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Building systems
  • Space cooling