Regulation of refrigerated display cabinets (RDCs) for minimum energy performance standards has been in place since 2004. The Australian Government has introduced new regulation to improve the average energy efficiency of refrigerated cabinets and extended the range of cabinets covered by regulation.
This document provides a high level overview of the Exposure Draft – Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) Determination 2018, including key implementation steps, registration system, regulatory process and how to provide feedback.
On 16 November 2018, an exposure draft of a replacement Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Display Cabinets) Determination was released for public comment. The principle changes from the current requirements are the introduction of tighter minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for refrigerated display cabinets, and introduction of MEPS for storage cabinets and ice cream freezers, and adopting international test standards for all affected models.
This booklet provides an overview of the proposed changes to regulation of commercial refrigeration products. The changes will align energy efficiency specifications with major Australian and New Zealand trading partners, promoting international harmonisation of standards and efficiency levels. New categories of commercial refrigeration will also be subject to energy efficiency regulation under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act) in Australia and the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 in New Zealand.