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This document contains the terms of reference for the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act) Review announced by the Minister for the Environment and Energy on 19 January 2018.

This document contains details regarding the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act) Review announced by the Minister for the Environment and Energy on 19 January 2018.

This Supplementary Discussion Paper was prepared by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency as part of the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency (NSEE). The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) has released this Supplementary Discussion Paper to canvass a range of design features of the proposed national legislation for Minimum Energy Performance  Standards (MEPS) and energy labelling for equipment and appliances.

The emphasis in the current policy setting is on greenhouse gas reduction and assisting households to transition to a low-carbon future. Energy efficiency measures are a key element of the Government’s approach, in addition to an emissions trading scheme and the renewable energy target. The Energy labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program seek to address problems relating to lack of information on the energy performance of appliances and equipment and incentives that may result in poor energy efficiency choices.