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Air conditioners and chillers - updated policy proposals

23 Nov 2016 14:30 AAEDT
31 Jan 2017 17:00 AAEDT


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. 

Key documents

Consultation sessions

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

Written submissions should state ‘Air Conditioners and Chillers’ in the subject heading and should be emailed to sends e-mail) for Australian submissions and sends e-mail) for New Zealand.

All submissions will be published unless otherwise requested.

All submissions must be received by 17:00 AEDT on Tuesday, 31 January 2017.

All submissions will be considered and contribute to the preparation of a Decision RIS. A Decision RIS would be used to seek agreement for any proposed changes from the relevant New Zealand and Australian federal, state and territory ministers participating in the E3 Program.