3 May 2017 AEST
16 Jun 2017 AEST

Consultation overview 

This Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of fan-units (a fan connected to an electric motor) that are sold in Australia and New Zealand. The RIS is concerned with fan-units which have an electric motor with an input power in the range of 125 Watts (0.125 kW) to 500 kW. Most of these are used in ventilation and blowing applications in the commercial, industrial, power generation and agricultural sectors, although at the lower end of the power range some products are used in residential applications.

Currently there are no explicit energy efficiency requirements placed on the sale of fan-units in Australia and New Zealand, although they may be incorporated into equipment already regulated for MEPS, or the fan may be driven by a three-phase induction motor that is subjected to MEPS. In Australia, ‘Section J’ of the National Construction Code sets maximum power consumption levels for fans used as part of air conditioning and ventilation systems, although these are system level requirements and do not place specific requirements on the energy efficiency of the fan-units used.

Research undertaken for the RIS has shown that fan-units are responsible for a large amount of electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and New Zealand, but that the fan-units available on the market are generally less efficient than those sold in the European Union, where efficiency regulations for fan-units have been in place since 2013. A key reason for this is that most fan-units a selected by a third-party and not the end user (business or household) who pays the energy bills, creating what is referred to as a ‘split incentive’.

Two proposals are being considered to increase the energy efficiency of the fan-units sold, beyond business-as-usual (BAU):

• A purchaser education program – web based provision of information on purchasing more efficient fan-units.

• Introduce energy efficiency regulations for fan-units that are similar to those introduced into the European Union (EU) in 2013. A number of options are considered here, including full adoption the EU fan regulations, adopting the EU regulation for fan-units up to 185 kW, plus a number of options that would exclude fan-units used in certain equipment or applications.

Key documents and presentations

Presentations from consultation meetings in Australia:

Presentations from consultation meetings in New Zealand:

Public consultation meetings

Public consultation sessions were held in:

  • Melbourne – Wednesday 17 May 2017
  • Auckland – Friday 19 May 2017
  • Sydney – Monday 29 May 2017


Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written submissions on the RIS. Subject to confidentiality requirements, submissions will be published on this webpage.

The closing date for written submissions is 17.00 AAEST Friday 16 June, 2017 and should include the subject heading ‘Consultation RIS – Fans’.

Australian submissions should be sent via email to: energyrating@environment.gov.au

New Zealand submissions should be sent via email to: regs@eeca.govt.nz


Stakeholder feedback is sought on the policy options presented in the consultation RIS. This is to ensure that any recommendation and/or decision to introduce energy efficiency regulations covering the sale of fan-units is based on an understanding of the full range of stakeholder views. Feedback from the submissions received on the consultation RIS will inform the preparation of a Decision RIS. The Decision RIS is the final document presented to Energy Ministers on which they make a decision about any changes to the current requirements.