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Video: About the E3 Program

A quick explainer on how the E3 Program works.


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The E3 Program

The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program is a cross jurisdictional program through which the Australian Government, states and territories and the New Zealand Government collaborate to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for equipment and appliances.

It is one of a number of programs implemented by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council.  An Inter-Governmental Agreement provides the framework for national cooperation on the E3 Program. A similar arrangement has also been developed to ensure alignment with New Zealand.

On 1 October 2012, the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 came into effect, creating a national framework for product energy efficiency in Australia.  The GEMS Act is the underpinning legislation for the program.

The GEMS Regulator, based in the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, replaced the previous state regulators and is the sole party responsible for administering the legislation in Australia.

In New Zealand, the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 have a similar role and are administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Program Objectives

  • To reduce energy bills for households and businesses in a cost effective way by driving improvements to the energy efficiency of new appliances and equipment sold;

  • To improve the energy efficiency of new appliances and equipment that use energy and to also improve the energy performance of products that have an impact on energy consumption; and

  • To reduce appliance and equipment related greenhouse gas emissions through a process which complements other actions by jurisdictions.

The Energy Rating Label

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How to use the Energy Rating Label

Shopping for a new appliance? Learn how to use the Energy Rating Label to compare the energy efficiency and running costs of odels before you buy.

How to use the label


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Using the label online and in advertising

Selling, supplying or advertising appliances? Learn how to use the Energy Rating Icon on your website and in advertisements.

Labelling resources


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The E3 Program oversees labelling to ensure consumers have information on the energy efficiency of a product. Products are labelled so that the information is available at the point-of-sale. 

This allows consumers to take into account how much an appliance will cost to run, when deciding which model to buy. 


Did you know?


less energy is used by today’s dishwashers compared to those of 10 years ago, thanks to the introduction of MEPS and energy labelling.


less energy is used by households on lighting now, since the phase-out of inefficient lighting began in 2009.


how much more efficient small split system air conditioners are now than they were in 2001.


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