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Communique: International Whitegoods Workshop 2013

16Oct

Communique: International Whitegoods Workshop 2013

INTERNATIONAL WHITEGOODS WORKSHOP

Melbourne, 16-17 October 2013

MEETING SUMMARY

Overview

E3 and the Department of Industry held an International Whitegoods Forum in Port Melbourne in October 2013 over 2 days. Around 60 participants, representing all stakeholder interests such as industry, consumer groups, test laboratories, efficiency advocates and government officials from Australia and New Zealand attended the workshop over 2 days, which examined a wide range of energy efficiency issues related to major whitegoods. The workshop had significant contributions from a number of renowned international experts in the field of energy efficiency.

The workshop had a strong international theme and explored issues related to energy policy and programs, international comparisons of product performance and options for a long term policy framework. The workshop also explored regulatory proposals for whitegoods, with a particular emphasis on moving Australia and New Zealand onto the use of international test methods and adopting and adapting policy approaches of our major trading partners where applicable. It provided an opportunity for industry to provide input and feedback to government on key issues.

The main themes covered by the workshop were:

• Methodologies for evaluation of energy program impacts and approaches to setting long term energy efficiency targets for whitegoods

• Benchmarking the energy efficiency of Australian products in an international context

• Transition from local test methods to international test methods in the Australia and New Zealand context

• Efforts and success in the development of a new international test method for household refrigerators

• Energy labelling and MEPS changes to be bundled with the test method change

• Updates on a range of policy issues from Europe, USA and Japan.

The conference agenda is included as Attachment A. Most presentations from the meeting are available from the E3 website at www.energyrating.gov.au.