1 October 2001 it has been mandatory for air conditioners
manufactured in or imported into Australia to meet the MEPS levels
specified in the relevant Australian Standards. When you buy and
use an air conditioner which meets or exceeds these standards you can be
sure you are not unnecessarily contributing to greenhouse emissions.
The next round of MEPS
examining inclusion of multi head systems (muti-splits) in MEPS
These systems are making up a
larger proportion of the airconditioning market but are currently not
included in MEPS because there is no relevant test standard for
them. With the recent publication of an ISO standard Australia
could adopt that standard and include multihead systems in the MEPS
framework. The AREA sub-committee has agreed with the DEWHA
consultant developing the standard on modifications needed for the local
implementation of the ISO standard.
South Australia withdraws proposal to accelerate MEPS and mandatory demand
South Australia has
withdrawn the supplementary Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) seeking accelerated
MEPS and the mandatory fitment of devices to
allow electricity utilities to turn airconditioners off.
to the supplementary RIS
AREMA and the Equipment Energy
Efficiency Committee (E3 Committee)
Committee is a committee of Federal & State officials covering
energy efficiency and safety.
is a member of the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
E3 Review Committee which advises the government on energy efficiency
The committee is chaired by Government and
consists of industry representatives from AREMA (Steve Anderson), AEEMA,
CESA, GAMAA, AIIA, the Commercial Building Association, Standards
Australia and representatives of the Equipment Energy Efficiency
Program. The committee's role is to oversee future
MEPS processes, insuring that relevant industry sectors are suitable
involved. The committee is a result
of the Department of Environment & Heritage's commitment to develop
a more open and transparent MEPS process, which should provide for more
effective industry consultation and greater certainty at an earlier
stage in the process. See the MEPS
and Energy Labelling Regulatory Process Flowchart agreed to by
E3 Committee documents
Minutes of 10 August 2006 meeting
which includes a copy of the committee's Terms of Reference.
A National Strategy to address Air
Conditioner Peak Load - a paper commissioned by the committee.
A Strategy for improving the the
energy efficiency of Non-Residential Heating, Ventilation and
Air-Conditioning Systems - a paper commissioned by the committee.
Other MEPS Information
release by the Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Environment & Heritage congratulating the industry on taking action
to benefit consumers and the environment.
and MEPS ratings of air-conditioners - link to government appliance selector
are the MEPS requirements - link to current requirements
are substantial penalties for selling or offering to sell at the
wholesale or retail level, appliances which are not labelled in
accordance with the relevant Australian Standard or which do not meet
MEPS requirements. Click here for
penalties as at August 2004.