In December 2018, Energy Ministers agreed to the recommendations contained in the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Swimming Pool Pumps.
The recommendations in the Decision Regulation Impact Statement proposed the first instance of energy efficiency regulations for swimming pool pumps, with the introduction of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and mandatory energy rating labelling. Note: since 2010 the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program has administered the Voluntary Energy Rating Labelling Program (VERLP) for swimming pool pumps, which was intended as a transitional step to mandatory labelling or MEPS requirements.
The proposed energy efficiency regulations for swimming pool pumps are contained in the Exposure Draft – Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Swimming Pool Pumps) Determination 2020.
Stakeholder comments are being sought on the Exposure Draft.
What are the proposed new requirements?
It is proposed in the Exposure Draft Determination that no later than 1 October 2021, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of swimming pool pumps would need to ensure that their products:
- Have been tested to the relevant Australian Standard to determine their energy consumption
- Meet a Minimum Energy Performance Standard
- Be registered on the GEMS Registration System for the product to be supplied in Australia.
- Display the applicable energy rating label
- Exposure Draft – Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Swimming Pool Pumps) Determination 2020
- Exposure Draft – background information
The closing date for written submissions is 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 8 December 2020. Submissions should include ‘Pool Pump Determination’ in the subject line and be sent by email to: PoolPumps@industry.gov.au.
All comments and submissions on the draft Determination are welcome, particularly views and comments on:
- Commencement date - Do you foresee any issues with meeting this commencement date and what would be an alternate timeframe that might be more appropriate?
- Sound Testing - The registration process introduces a sound testing component in order to register. Do you foresee any issues with this testing requirement and how could any issues be resolved?
- Minimum units to be tested - The draft Determination does not mandate a minimum number of pool pump units that need to be tested. Do you have views on whether testing only one pump would be sufficient or whether mandating a minimum of three units to be tested might provide a more representative result of the performance of a pool pump?
- Do you have any other concerns with the proposed requirements or timeframes in the draft Determination?