The cooling market in Australia consists of a range of smaller air conditioner products which are principally installed in the residential sector, as well as many larger and specialised air conditioners and coolers that primarily service the commercial and industrial sectors.  They are an increasingly large consumer of energy and source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Only units using the vapour compression cycle are included here.

The objective of the Equipment Energy Efficiency  program for coolers is to bring about reductions in Australia and New Zealand’s GHG emissions below what they are otherwise projected to be (the “business-as-usual” or BAU case), in a manner that is in the broad community’s best interests. Within the objective, it must also provide a broad positive financial benefit to end consumers, without compromising equipment quality, safety or functionality.