Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1992
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label, Information and Education>Performance Label>Endorsement label, Regulatory Instruments, Information and Education
Policy Target:Residential Appliances, Commercial/Industrial Equipment, Lighting, Industry>Industrial equipment
Agency:Department of the Environment and Energy

The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program aims to increase the energy efficiency of lighting, appliances and equipment used in the residential, commercial and manufacturing sectors in Australia and New Zealand. This is achieved through the delivery of an energy efficiency standards and labelling programme that applies performance standards (Minimum Energy Performance Standards [MEPS] and High Efficiency Performance Standards [HEPS]) and comparative energy rating labelling. The Australian labelling programme is based on a star system, rated from one to ten. From 1 October 2012, the E3 program has been implemented through the Greenhouse and Minimum Standards (GEMS) Intergovernmental Agreement through national Greenhouse and Minimum Standards (GEMS) legislation, replacing a number of state regulations that previously covered MEPS and labelling of products. New Zealand is a partner in the E3 Program under a bilateral agreement between Australia and NZ. Performance standards and energy rating labelling are regulated through state and territory government regulations and penalties exist for non-compliance. The E3 program is part of the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency. Operational oversight occurs through the E3 committee comprising officials from the Australian Government, State and Territory government agencies and the New Zealand Government.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Appliances and equipment, Mandatory MEPS and labels, Appliances and equipment, Test standards and measurement protocols, Lighting, Phase-out of inefficient lighting products, Industry, High-efficiency industrial equipment and systems, Lighting, Appliances and equipment
Related policies:National Strategy on Energy Efficiency (NSEE) , Phase Out of Inefficient Lightbulbs , Greenlight Australia , Standby Power Strategy 2002-2012
This record supersedes:Energy Labelling for Electric and Gas Appliances , Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for Electric and Gas Appliances

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