Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) programs are mandatory in Australia and New Zealand. To date MEPS have been enforced by state government legislation and regulations in Australia and national regulations in New Zealand applicable to the relevant Australian or Australia/New Zealand Standards. Regulations specify the general requirements for MEPS for appliances, including offences and penalties if a party does not comply with the requirements. Technical requirements for MEPS are set out in the relevant appliance standard, which is referenced in state and New Zealand regulations. For Australia, state based legislation is necessary because the Australian constitution gives Australian states clear responsibility for resource management issues, including energy.
It is proposed that from 1 October 2012 MEPS will be enforced through national GEMS legislation and regulations. Appliance standards will be referenced in determinations, which will outline requirements for suppliers. New Zealand regulations will remain unchanged.
It is mandatory for the following products manufactured in or imported into Australia to meet the MEPS levels specified in the relevant Australian Standards:
In New Zealand MEPS apply to refrigerators and freezers, commercial building chillers, electric storage water heaters, external power supplies, three phase electric motors, set top boxes, single and three phase air conditioners, close control air conditioners, linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts, distribution transformers, and commercial refrigeration (refrigerated display cabinets), and will apply to compact fluorescent lamps and televisions from 1 October 2012.
MEPS are proposed for introduction for computers and monitors, and gas water heaters.
Mandatory Energy Labelling requirements apply to clothes washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, clothes dryers and some air conditioners, and will apply to televisions from 1 October 2012.
Incandescent lamps and extra low voltage (ELV) converters are not covered by MEPS in New Zealand.