13 Apr 2017 AEST
28 May 2017 AEST

Consultation overview

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of household refrigerators and freezers in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, these appliances are currently subject to energy efficiency regulations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 via the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Household Refrigerating Appliances) Determination 2012. In New Zealand, the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 is the relevant legal instrument.

While the current regulations have gone some way to achieving their objectives by promoting and improving the energy efficiency of household refrigerating appliances, there is significant scope to revise the requirements to improve energy efficiency, reduce consumer’s energy costs and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Two proposals are being considered:

  • Tighten minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels to those adopted in the United States (US) as at 15 September 2014.
  • Adopt US MEPS levels and replace the regionally-specific AS/NZS4474.1 test standard with the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) test standard IEC 62552 parts 1 to 3, published February 2015.

Key documents

Public consultation meetings

Public consultation sessions were held in:

  • Sydney – Monday 8 May 2017
  • Melbourne – Tuesday 9 May 2017
  • Auckland – Friday 19 May 2017


A written submission period was open from 13 April 2017 to 28 May 2017. Five submissions were received and are available for download: