In November 2000, it was decided, as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000, that Mandatory Energy Performance Labelling (MEPL) would be applied to the same product classes as those regulated in Australia, and implemented along similar lines. Regulations covering mandatory energy performance standards and labelling came into force in 2002. New Zealand entered into a joint work programme with Australia in 2004/05 to strengthen trans-Tasman regulatory alignment.
As with MEPS, mandatory labels in New Zealand align with those set by the Australian Government. Product labelling regulations require retailers to provide energy efficiency information to consumers at the point of sale. The labels assess how much electricity the appliance is likely to use in a year (on average) and provide a star rating that compares the appliance’s efficiency to other appliances of its kind.
Seven product classes are covered to date: Air conditioners/heat pumps (non-ducted); Dishwashers; Dryers; Domestic fridges and freezers; Washing machines; Computer Monitors; and Televisions.
There are additional classes of product under investigation.