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Consultation RIS: Household Refrigerators and Freezers

Started 13 Apr 2017 12:45 AAEST
Ends 28 May 2017 17:30 AAEST

Consultation overview

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the energy efficiency of household refrigerators and freezers in Australia and New Zealand. 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.

While the current regulations have gone some way to achieving their objectives by promoting and improving the energy efficiency of household refrigerating appliances, there is significant scope to revise the requirements to improve energy efficiency, reduce consumer’s energy costs and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Two proposals are being considered:

  • Tighten minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) levels to those adopted in the United States (US) as at 15 September 2014.
  • Adopt US MEPS levels and replace the regionally-specific AS/NZS4474.1 test standard with the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) test standard IEC 62552 parts 1 to 3, published February 2015.

Key documents

Public consultation meetings

Public consultation sessions will be held in:

  • Sydney – Monday 8 May 2017
  • Melbourne – Tuesday 9 May 2017
  • Auckland – Friday 19 May 2017


Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written submissions from 13 April 2017 to 28 May 2017. Subject to confidentiality requirements, submissions will be published on this webpage.


Stakeholder feedback is sought on the policy options presented in the consultation RIS. This is to ensure that any recommendation and/or decision to change the current energy efficiency requirements is based on an understanding of the full range of stakeholder views. Feedback from the submissions received on the consultation RIS will inform the preparation of a decision RIS. The decision RIS is the final document presented to Energy Ministers on which they make a decision about any changes to the current requirements.