We are seeking stakeholder feedback and submissions on a product profile on ‘Residential Space Heaters in Australia and New Zealand’. The material in this product profile, and the feedback received on its contents, will provide the foundation of information about the space heating market in Australia and New Zealand. This information will support the development of policy options and technical frameworks for a space heating energy rating labelling scheme and supporting tools. Space heating accounts for around a third of residential energy use in Australia and New Zealand. Energy rating labelling and supporting tools will help consumers compare different heating technologies, to make a more informed decision to best meet their heating needs.
This work is being done under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program. The E3 Program is a cross jurisdictional program under which the Australian Government, states and territories, and the New Zealand Government collaborate to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for equipment and appliances. In late 2018, the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment allocated $7 million to aid in progressing E3 Program work, including the key area of residential space heaters. On 25 February 2019, the Australian Government announced its Climate Solutions Package. Under the package, the Government provided $6.5 million to examine options to expand energy rating labelling to include space heating appliances, such as gas and electric heaters.
Industry, business, and the public will be consulted on the development of the space heater energy rating labelling scheme and complementary tools, ensuring the views of all interested parties are considered before regulation is introduced.
The product profile provides an overview of the space heater market and products, outlines existing government policies (domestic and international) for space heater energy efficiency, and identifies the scope to assist consumers to recognise and select more efficient space heaters. The space heating technologies considered in the product profile include:
- electric resistance (portable and fixed)
- reverse cycle air conditioners (heat pumps) – room, multi-split, ducted
- gas space and decorative appliances
- solid fuel combustion heaters
- gas ducted
- hydronic and boiler central systems
- in-slab central heating.
We invite submissions on the Product Profile: Residential Space Heaters in Australia and New Zealand. The product profile contains some questions that stakeholders may wish to consider as part of making a submission. We also welcome any other information or insights that you think could assist in the development of an energy rating labelling scheme that would enable consumers to make fair comparisons across different heater types.
The closing date for written submissions is 5pm AEST, Monday 5 July 2021.
Technical Working Group Nominations
We also invite space heating experts to nominate their interest in participating in a Technical Working Group that would evaluate potential technical frameworks for the space heating labelling scheme. Nominations should be noted in the body of the submission email (not within the submission document). The nomination should include the nominee’s name, organisation, title/position, and contact details.
Australian stakeholders should email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before making a submission, stakeholders should read the Privacy Collection Statement for Australian Stakeholders provided below.
New Zealand Stakeholders
New Zealand stakeholders should email submissions to email@example.com. Before making a submission, stakeholders should read the Privacy Collection Statement for New Zealand Stakeholders below.
Privacy Collection Statement for Australian Stakeholders
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (“the department/we”) is bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) outlined in Schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which regulates how we may collect, use, disclose and store personal information.
The department is conducting a public consultation process to inform the development of energy rating labelling and supporting tools for residential space heaters. This work is being done through the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program. This Program is a cross jurisdictional program under which the Australian Government, states and territories and the New Zealand Government collaborate to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for equipment and appliances. Your submission will be used to inform advice to government to promote the development and adoption of products to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas production, including policy for heaters and household appliances under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act). Your submission may inform the design of the energy efficiency standards for residential heaters including energy rating labels (and related tools).
Through the consultation process, the department will collect your personal information, which may include your email address, name, job position, address, phone number, and the name of your organisation. The department will also collect comments or opinions you provide in response to the department’s consultation.
Your personal information may be disclosed to:
- the New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE);
- Australian Federal, State and Territory governments and agencies;
- the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), or its successor;
- third parties engaged by the Department, DPIE, other Australian Federal, state and territory governments and agencies, and EECA;
- Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for energy or energy efficiency, and staff in their offices; and
- working groups, or persons appointed to such working groups, that will advise on potential technical frameworks for comparing the energy efficiency of different space heaters,
for the purposes developing energy efficiency standards and regulations (whether or not those standards are to be requirements of a law of the Commonwealth, a state, a territory or New Zealand).
Your submission, including any personal information it contains, may be published on energyrating.gov.au. You may request that your submission not be made public, if it contains confidential information, such as commercial sales data. Once published, the department will no longer have control of your personal information. Excerpts from public submissions may be used in reports, including publicly available reports.
If you have concerns regarding the collection and use of your personal information in this manner, please contact the department’s Privacy Officer at:
Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch
Corporate and Digital Division
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601
Your submission may be treated as a public submission unless you identify that it contains confidential information. Confidential information, or ‘commercial-in-confidence’ information, could include sales data or proprietary information.
It is the responsibility of the person making the submission to ensure that any confidential information is clearly identified. Please consider if you can structure your response to keep only some parts confidential. If only part of your submission is confidential, you can provide the confidential part as a separate submission so that the department can publish the non-confidential part of the submission.
Where confidentiality is requested for an entire submission, it will not be published by the department. We may publish the name of stakeholders or companies that have provided a submission including those that have submitted a confidential submission, on energyrating.gov.au, though the content of the confidential submissions will not be published. Confidential submissions may also be shared with the entities listed above.
By making a submission, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your submission and its contents, including any personal information, in the manner described and for the purposes set out above.
Privacy Collection Statement for New Zealand Stakeholders
Official Information Act requirements
Under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA), information held by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is to be made available to requestors unless there are grounds for withholding it. The grounds for withholding information are outlined in the OIA.
If you are making a submission, you may wish to indicate any grounds for withholding information contained in your submission. Reasons for withholding information could include information that is commercially sensitive, or that you wish personal information (such as names or contact details) to be withheld. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer from your IT system will not be considered as grounds for withholding information.
EECA will consider your preference when determining whether to release information. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA may be reviewed by the Ombudsman.