Australia Australia announces “Equipment Energy Efficiency Prioritisation Plan 2021-2022”

Australia announces “Equipment Energy Efficiency Prioritisation Plan 2021-2022”

On April 8, 2022, Energy Rating, the regulator of energy efficiency standards for products in Australia, released the “Equipment Energy Efficiency Prioritisation Plan 2021-2022.” This plan sets priorities in the E3 (Equipment Energy Efficiency) Program, and is expected to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce energy costs for households and businesses. In addition, this plan will affect the work of the E3 Program over the next five years.

The E3 Program aims to improve the energy efficiency of new products sold in Australia and New Zealand, and reduce energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

The announced plan lists 34 products and projects as priorities, of which 26 are “top priorities” and 8 are “medium-term priorities.” The breakdown is shown in the table below. The top priorities also include ongoing projects with 10 decisions that will expire in the next four years.

Top priority Ballasts for fluorescent lamps
Close control air conditioners
Transformers for power distribution
Electric water heaters
Chillers
Transformers and converters for ultra-low voltage lamps
Computers
TVs
Computer monitors
External power supplies
Household refrigerators and freezers
Clothes washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers
Swimming pool pumps
Phasing out incandescent lamps and halogen lamps and MEPS for LED lamps
Residential water heaters
Household cooking equipment
Industrial products (pumps, air compressors, industrial boilers, etc.)
Electric motors
Commercial ice machines
Commercial catering equipment (dishwashers, fryers, ovens, food storage, etc.)
Battery chargers, external power supplies, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), LED drivers
Network standby, small network devices
Heat pump water heaters
Review of the GEMS Act
Omnibus regulatory reform bill
Medium-term Cool rooms
Lighting equipment
EV charging infrastructure
Regional regulatory instruments for demand response
Providing information on energy grade labels online
Fan certification system
Bulk insulation
Automotive tires

 

The relevant documents can be viewed at the following URL:

“E3 Prioritisation Plan 2021-22”
 https://www.energyrating.gov.au/sites/default/files/2022-04/equipment_energy_efficiency_prioritisation_plan_2021-22.pdf