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

Updated at regular intervals - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, April 2014

Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements, Regulatory Instruments, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards>Product standards
Policy Target:Appliances
Agency:Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Legal References:Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002; Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Amendment Regulations of 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The Regulations (including all versions and amendments) can be viewed in full at:
Enforcement:EECA monitors programme compliance through such activities as making regular site visits to manufacturers and importers, investigating claims about breaches of the regulations, check testing appliances to ensure they perform as claimed against MEPS levels, and working with Australian state and territory regulators through the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency Programme
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. 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 and According to the result of the yearly evaluation of the products programme the programme has saved 4% of residential electricity consumption in the year ending 31 March 2013. To complete this evaluation the programme uses: 1) tested product efficiency provided to EECA by suppliers as part of the product registration process, 2) suppliers then provide sales information on these products to EECA each year 3) Annual energy consumption is then calculated using the most up to date information on how these products are used in NZ home and businesses. Sales information for over 39million products have been collected since the start of the programme (2002)
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.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 provides for regulations to be made prescribing minimum energy performance standards for energy-using products, and requirements in relation to the labelling of products in terms of their energy efficiency or proficiency in conserving energy.   

That Act gave rise to the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 which govern NZ's minimum energy performance standards for energy-using products.  Under the Regulations, new products entering the market must meet or exceed minimum energy performance criteria before they can be sold in New Zealand. The energy performance criteria and testing requirements are set out in national or international standards or handbooks, usually joint Australia/New Zealand Standards based, whenever possible, on international standards.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority works in partnership with Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies to align standards and labelling requirements wherever possible for products sold in both markets under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program. MEPS are currently in place for twenty product classes. They are: 

  • Air conditioners/heat pumps (non-ducted; ducted; and multiple split systems);
  • Computer room air conditioners;
  • Chillers;
  • Electric storage water heaters;
  • Gas water heaters;
  • Domestic fridges and freezers;
  • Computers;
  • Computer monitors;
  • External power supplies;
  • Set-top boxes;
  • Televisions;
  • Distribution transformers (oil filled and dry type);
  • Refrigerated display cabinets;
  • Three-phase electric motors;
  • Ballasts for fluorescent lamps;
  • Tubular fluorescent lamps;
  • and Compact fluorescent lamps. 

The forward work plan identifies other products for investigation (and/or more stringent standards), including lighting, air conditioners and chillers, swimming pool pumps, fans, and commercial and household refrigeration. In the 2016/17 year more than 6.2 million appliances and products subject to labelling and regulation were bought by people in NZ. They included heat pumps, televisions, computers, whiteware, and more than 3.1 million light bulbs. This saved more than 133 GWh of electricity, 18,400 tonnes of carbon, and for the consumers, it also meant a saving of $11.7 million. 

Related policies:Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 , Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling , Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL)

Last modified: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:22:12 CET