Australia consumes approximately 1.0 percent
of the world’s primary energy. For over twenty years Australia has used mandatory energy labels as a means of promoting appliance and equipment energy efficiency. Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) were introduced in the 1990s to improve energy efficiency across a broad range of appliances and equipment.
Australia’s appliance energy efficiency programs are established and managed by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The Energy Rating Label was first introduced in Australia in 1986, and is now mandatory for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, air conditioners, and televisions. The star rating provides a comparative assessment of a product’s energy efficiency and provides an estimate of annual energy consumption. MEPS programs are developed at the state level and regulate appliances that are manufactured in or imported into Australia.
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Committee, consisting of officials from the Commonwealth, State and Territory government agencies and representatives from New Zealand, is responsible for managing the Australian end-use energy efficiency program. The development of standards and labeling programs in Australia is a cooperative process between government and industry and makes use of technical and economic analysis to determine appropriate energy efficiency targets.
Information regarding Australia's current energy efficiency programs can be found on the CLASP Standards and Labeling (S&L) Database.
Standards & Labeling: Technical experts from Australia are leading an international collaboration effort for network standby. Australia is also participating in product collaborations for computers, distribution transformers, solid-state lighting, motors, and televisions.
Awards: Australia is contributing to the development program rules and criteria for the 2012 SEAD Global Appliance Efficiency Awards for televisions. Australia is one of four regional markets in which television awards will be given.
Technical Analysis: Australia is participating in international efforts to share programmatic best practices, technical analysis, and other information relevant to the development of world class appliance and equipment standards.