This paper sets out the approach that will be used to convert energy measured under the AS/NZS 4474.1 test standard to estimate the likely energy consumption under the International Electrotechnical Commission 62552-3 test standard. This approach will form the basis on which the GEMS Regulator will assess whether household refrigerating appliances that have been registered under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Household Refrigerating Appliances) Determination 2012 will meet MEPS 2021 levels that will come into effect on 15 August 2021.
Since Energy Ministers agreed to the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) – Household Refrigerators and Freezers in November 2017, the Standards Australia Committee EL-060 made several sets of small changes to some factors in the draft AS/NZS 4474:2018 standard. This affected the anticipated outcomes of models’ star ratings calculated using the star rating algorithm that was proposed in the Decision RIS.
This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) proposes changes to energy efficiency regulations applicable to household refrigerators and freezers. It is part of a consultative process that will inform a decision RIS that will recommend a preferred policy option to Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers. If Ministers agree to proposed regulatory changes in the decision RIS, it is proposed that the revised energy efficiency regulations will come into effect by the end of 2019.
The Whitegoods Efficiency Trends report documents changes in the energy efficiencies and attributes of whitegoods (domestic fridges and freezers, dishwashers, clothes dryers and clothes washers) that carry an energy rating label and were sold in Australia from 1993 to 2014 inclusive.
All product types have shown improvements in energy efficiency over the study period. This report supersedes the Greening Whitegoods report, published in 2010.