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2012 Overview of S&L Compliance in Australia and New Zealand


The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program conducts check testing annually to verify the performance of appliances and equipment regulated for energy efficiency in Australia and New Zealand. Following the report in 2011, this report examines the results for all the 91 products that have been recorded during the period 1 January to 30 June 2012, including those brought forward from 2011 but finalized in 2012.

Results have been recorded on the following nine product categories:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes washers
  • Electric motors
  • External power supplies
  • Household refrigerator freezers
  • Linear fluorescent ballasts
  • Refrigerated display cabinets
  • Televisions

Of all the 91 products tested, 80 (88%) passed a stage 1 check test. Following stage 1 failures, the registrations of four models were cancelled, either at the request of the supplier, or because the supplier did not respond to the regulator’s notice in sufficient time. A further seven products that failed stage 1 tests are either proceeding to stage 2 testing or a decision is pending by the regulator.

The total number of stage 1 tests concluded between January and June 2012 (91) was higher than the number of stage 1 tests concluded over each of the two six-month periods in 2011. In the first half of 2011, 74 tests were undertaken and 76 in the second half.

As shown in Figure below, the majority of tests in the first half of 2012 were conducted on more recently regulated products, in particular external power supplies and televisions. However, tests were also conducted on products that have not previously been the focus of significant quantities of tests even though they have a longer history of regulation.  These include linear fluorescent ballasts and refrigerated display cabinets.

Figure: Distribution of stage 1 tests by product category, January 2011 to July 2012

Distribution of stage 1 tests by product category, January 2011 to July 2012 
In addition, a small number of targeted tests continue to be conducted on products regulated by E3 that have demonstrated lower pass rates in the past.

Overall, the testing program appears to be achieving its aim of diversifying its coverage of product categories, while also focusing on those categories that have been under-represented in previous years.