29 November 2016

The E3 Program has recently released a supplementary consultation paper on air conditioners and chillers. This paper provides an overview of feedback received on the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) published in February 2016 and considers changes to the policy options as well as some additional technical detail. Stakeholder feedback on the revised proposal is welcomed.

Any feedback on this paper will inform preparation of the Decision RIS. The Decision RIS will be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments’ Energy Council and the New Zealand Government for a decision about whether to implement any of the policy proposals and update the energy efficiency regulations for air conditioners and chillers.

This position paper should be considered in conjunction with the RIS and not as a standalone document. It covers where the RIS proposals have been modified, are not recommended to proceed, where additional input or information is sought and provides stakeholders with an opportunity to provide further feedback.

Further detail on various proposals from the RIS is provided, including the star rating index for products to be covered by the Zoned Energy Rating Label.
Policy changes considered by the RIS and this document include the costs and benefits of introducing a ‘zoned’ energy rating label that provides location specific information on energy efficiency, harmonisation of Minimum Energy Performance Standards and regulations, and the inclusion of single duct portable air conditioners in the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program.

As with the RIS, this document covers chillers and air conditioners of the vapour compression cycle (refrigerative) of all sizes, including options for single duct unitary products.