4 Feb 2016 AEDT
18 Mar 2016 AEDT


Submissions have now closed.

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 federal, state and territory ministers participating in the E3 program.

Consultation Overview

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared to examine options to improve the energy efficiency of air conditioners and chillers. The options presented in the RIS cover chillers and air conditioners of the vapour compression cycle (refrigerative) of all sizes, including options for single duct unitary products.

Policy changes considered by the RIS include the costs and benefits of introducing a ‘zoned’ energy rating label that provides location specific information on energy efficiency, harmonisation of Minimum Energy Performance Standards and regulations, and the inclusion of single duct portable air conditioners in the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program.

Interested parties are asked to provide feedback on the consultation RIS including responses to the some or all of the questions posed. To help inform feedback, public consultation sessions will occur in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Wellington. These sessions will provide an overview of the RIS, its findings, additional background on the zoned energy rating label, and an opportunity to discuss the RIS more generally.

Key documents

Consultation RIS - air conditioners and chillers

Presentation: Air conditioner and chiller Consultation Regulation Impact Statement - Overview

Presentation: Air conditioner and chiller Consultation Regulation Impact Statement - cost benefit modelling Australia and New Zealand

Public consultation sessions

Public consultation sessions were held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Wellington from 15 – 23 February which were well attended by a wide variety of manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and technical experts. E3 now welcomes written stakeholder feedback on the options explored in the consultation RIS.


A total of 30 written submissions were received from a variety of manufacturers, industry groups, individuals and others. The following 21 submissions are available to download:

The following also provided submissions, but did not provide permission for publication:

  • AA Energy Consulting
  • AHI Carrier
  • Black Diamond Technologies
  • Fan Manufacturers Association Australia New Zealand (FMAANZ)
  • Fujitsu NZ
  • Graeme Doreian
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Vipac Engineers and Scientists
  • Rinnai.