New label and MEPS for under 65kW models
The Federal Energy Minister signed a new Determination for air conditioners under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 in late March 2019. This follows the agreement of COAG Energy Ministers in December 2018 to further improve regulations on air conditioners. The Determination introduces a new energy rating label for air conditioners and revised Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for portable air conditioners.
The Determination introduces the following changes to the GEMS requirements:
- Adopt the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standard for rating air conditioner energy efficiency.
- Remove the existing Energy Rating Label and replace it with the new Zoned Energy Rating Label.
- For double duct portable air conditioners, reduce the MEPS and apply the Zoned Energy Rating Label.
- For single duct portable air conditioners, apply MEPS to single duct portable air conditioners and apply the Zoned Energy Rating Label (tested to AS/NZS 3823.1.5).
- Air Conditioners registered under the new Determination will be able to display the new energy rating label.
For the vast majority of air conditioners covered by the Determination, the MEPS will not change. The MEPS levels for double duct portable air conditioners will be lowered to 2.50. Single duct portable air conditioners will be subject to MEPS for the first time, with the MEPS set at the same level as for double duct portable air conditioners. This change will level the playing field between the two products, while removing the least efficient single duct air conditioners from the market.
While the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Air Conditioners up to 65kW) Determination 2019 was registered and published on 1 April 2019, there is a transition period when suppliers can register air conditioners in accordance with the previous 2013 Determination or the new 2019 Determination. From 1 April 2020, suppliers will only be permitted to register air conditioners under 65 kilowatts in accordance with the 2019 Determination. The new format energy labels and SEER ratings will be mandatory for products being registered, imported or manufactured from 1 April 2020.
The 2019 Determination can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation here.
A news article on the new Air Conditioner label is available here.
A factsheet on how to read the new label is available here.
More information is available on the Air Conditioner page at energyrating.gov.au