Air conditioners and chillers - updated policy proposals
A supplementary consultation paper updating policy positions for air conditioners and chillers has been released on the Energy Rating website. This document provides an overview on the feedback received on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) released earlier this year, updates policy positions where required, and provides a basis for further consultation with industry, community and other stakeholders. It provides more technical detail on some proposals outlined in the RIS.
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.
Interested parties are asked to provide feedback, including responses to the some or all of the questions or requests for further detail posed.
- Air conditioners and chillers - updated policy proposals
- Presentation Air Conditioners
- Presentation Chillers
Public consultation sessions were held in December in Sydney, Wellington and Auckland (via video link) and were well attended by a range of stakeholders. Written feedback is now requested on the revised options outlined in the document.
The presentations given at the consultation sessions are available to download above.
Making a written submission
A total of 31 written submissions were received from a variety of manufacturers, industry groups, individuals and others. The following 29 submissions are available to download:
- Actron Air
- Australian Industry Group
- Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors' Association (AMCA)
- Australian Pipeline Association (APA)
- Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA)
- Australian Gas Networks (AGN)
- Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association (CESA)
- Close Comfort
- Cooke Industries
- Daikin Australia
- Diamond Air
- Eric Peterson
- Fan Manufacturers Association of Australia and New Zealand (FMAANZ)
- Fisher & Paykel
- Fujitsu Australia
- Harbour City Air Conditioning
- Ingersoll Rand Trane
- John Hughes
- Johnson Controls Australia
- Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association (JRAIA)
- Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems
- Pacific HVAC Chillers
- Smardt Chillers
The following companies also provided submissions, but did not give permission for publication:
- Black Diamond Technologies