Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Transport, Residential Appliances, Industry>Industrial equipment>Motors, Residential Appliances>Water heating, Residential Appliances>Cooking & Laundry, Lighting, Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Refrigeration
Agency:Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Enforcement:Regulations are enforced through state and territory government legislation.

Australias Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are part of the broader Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program. The E3 program aims to increase the energy efficiency of appliances and equipment used in the residential, commercial and manufacturing sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Program objectives are to deliver cost-effective greenhouse gas abatement by addressing market failures and lower the cost to consumers of operating energy using appliances and equipment. As at December 2010, the MEPS element of the program covers 17 product types including refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, electric water heaters, single-phase and three phase air conditioners, linear fluorescent ballasts, linear fluorescent lamps, commercial refrigeration, distribution transformers and electric motors-three-phase. Gas products are included as a module of the E3 programme, informed by the ten-year "Switch to Gas" strategy which was developed in consultation with industry and the community and specifies a work program to provide certainty for industry in terms of changes of their products. Though individual States and Territories are responsible for legislation, regulation and administration of the programme, the standards are national. They are overseen at the national level by the Equipment Energy Efficiency committee comprising officials from the Australian Government, State and Territory government agencies and the New Zealand Government. The E3 program is part of the National Framework for Energy Efficiency and overseen by the Ministerial Council on Energy.

Related policies:Top Energy Saving Award Winner Label , Greenhouse intensive water heater phase-out
This record is superseded by:Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3)

Last modified: Mon, 12 May 2014 16:21:04 CEST