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Consultation RIS: Lighting

Started 24 Nov 2016 17:00 AAEDT
Ends 3 Mar 2017 17:00 AAEDT

Consultation overview

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial lighting in Australia and New Zealand. It considers four lighting products currently subject to energy efficiency regulations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (Australia) and New Zealand Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002, including:

  • Incandescent and halogen lamps (Australia only)
  • Self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) 
  • Double-capped fluorescent lamps (also referred to as linear fluorescent lamps)
  • Ballasts for fluorescent lamps.

Further, it considers two products that are currently not subject to mandatory energy efficiency requirements:

  • Light emitting diode (LED) lamp technology 
  • Non-integrated Commercial luminaires. 

While the current regulations have gone some way to achieving their objective by promoting and improving lighting energy efficiency, there is significant scope to revise or introduce requirements to improve energy efficiency and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Four proposals (in various combinations) have been considered:

  • Introduce MEPS for LED lamps and integrated luminaires
  • Introduce MEPS for non-integrated commercial luminaires
  • Increase incandescent and halogen MEPS (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps
  • Introduce mandatory labelling for lamp products primarily used in the residential sector.

Interested parties are asked to provide feedback on the consultation RIS, including responses to some or all of the questions posed. Questions that stakeholders may wish to consider are included in the options section of the RIS and summarised in the consultation questions section.

Key document

Public consultation meetings and webinar

To help inform feedback, public consultation sessions will be held across Australia and New Zealand. These sessions will provide an overview of the RIS, additional background information – and an opportunity to discuss the RIS more generally.

Public consultation sessions will be held (subject to confirmation of registered attendees) in: 

  • Brisbane – 31 January 2017
  • Sydney – 1 February 2017
  • Melbourne – 3 February 2017
  • Adelaide – 10 February 2017
  • Auckland – 8 February 2017.
  • Webinar -  24 February 2017 (2.30PM AEST) Please register for the webinar by 23 February.

To register your interest in attending an Australian consultation session, please email by 12 January 2017, noting the names of attendees and the location of the meeting you wish to attend. For New Zealand participants, please email  

Making a Submission

We invite interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the attached consultation paper, including responses to the questions posed.

The closing date for written submissions has been extended to 5 pm AEDT Friday 3 March 2017 and should include the subject: ‘Consultation RIS – Lighting’. 

Note: Submissions will be published on the Energy Rating website, as will the names of all stakeholders who have made submissions. If you do not want your submission to be published, please advise in the covering email that the submission is to be treated as confidential.


Following consultation, all submissions will be considered and will contribute to a decision as to whether work will proceed to the development of a decision RIS. Any decision RIS would be used to seek agreement for any proposed changes from the relevant New Zealand and Australian Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers participating in the E3 program.