4 May 2018

Outcomes of COAG Energy Ministers Meeting – Lighting and Motors

Energy efficiency regulations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 already deliver more than $1 billion in savings to the Australian economy and reduce harmful emissions by 11.8 million tonnes each year.  This saves the average Australian household over $140 each year. 

On 20 April 2018, the COAG Energy Council agreed to further improve lighting energy efficiency regulation by phasing out inefficient halogen light bulbs in Australia and introducing minimum standards for LED light bulbs in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards. The phase out will remove remaining incandescent light bulbs and a range of halogen light bulbs from the Australian market, where an equivalent light bulb is available. Timing of the new regulation will align with revised EU minimum standards that will apply to LED light bulbs (planned for September 2020).  The details of the new EU regulation are expected to be final in 2018. This decision is expected to deliver around $1.4 billion in benefits from 2020 to 2030 to households and businesses, through savings on their electricity bills and reduced light bulb replacement costs. The average Australian household will be around $650 better off over 10 years by changing from inefficient halogen lamps to minimum standard LED lamps.

Thank you to stakeholders for your input to date which informed the Council decision - we will continue to seek stakeholder advice in implementing this important decision. For more information, click here to read the Decision Regulation Impact Statement.

On 20 April 2018, the COAG Energy Council also agreed to harmonise the test standard for three phase cage induction motors with a widely-adopted international test standard. It was also agreed to make some relatively minor adjustments to minimum standards for motors so that they exactly align with internationally-recognised levels (known as IE2 levels). These best-practice regulatory changes will simplify and streamline the registration process for industry. It is expected that these changes will become effective by 1 January 2019.

E3 thanks key stakeholders who have provided valuable input and insights during the development of these motors policy outcomes. For more information, click here to read the exposure draft of the new electric motors Determination.