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The E3 Program has released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) that considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of household refrigerators and freezers in Australia and New Zealand.
The current regulations have largely achieved their objective by promoting the development and use of more energy efficient refrigerators and freezers than would have been the case under business as usual (BAU). However, a regulatory failure exists because current minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels are set too low for Australia’s and New Zealand’s markets. Additionally, the regionally-specific test standard for refrigerators and freezers is resulting in an unnecessarily high regulatory burden.
In Australia, these appliances are currently subject to energy efficiency regulations under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 via the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Household Refrigerating Appliances) Determination 2012. In New Zealand, the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 is the relevant legal instrument.
Interested parties have until 28 May 2017 to provide written submissions on the options proposed in the consultation RIS.
Public consultation sessions will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland during May, to help inform submissions.
For more information, see the consultation page.