Standards

Fuel Consumption Label Australia

Fuel Consumption Label Australia

Governing Organization

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australia

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Auditing / Certification Body

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australia

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management

Description

Improving the energy efficiency of appliances and products in all sectors (residential, commercial and industrial) has significant economic and environmental benefits for Australia and New Zealand. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand in both countries, helps save consumers and businesses on running costs over the life of the products they choose to use.  The main policy tools used to achieve reductions in energy use from these products are mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating Labels (ERLs) – the familiar star labels that have compared a range of electrical goods for twenty five years. These policies are implemented through a collaborative initiative called the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3) involving representatives drawn from all jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.  MEPS and ERLs already apply to a large range of equipment, appliances and lighting products including refrigerators, clothes washers, televisions, compact fluorescent lamps and industrial motors. Suppliers of all these products must register their products with one of the E3 Regulators before the products may lawfully be sold in either Australia or New Zealand. This registration constitutes the formal declaration by the supplier that the product complies with the relevant regulatory MEPS and/or ERL requirement.The Energy Rating label enables consumers to compare the energy efficiency of domestic appliances on a fair and equitable basis. It also provides incentive for manufacturers to improve the energy performance of appliances.

Sustainability Issues

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