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Performance Verified: Governments of Australian and New Zealand Publish Appliance Verification Testing Results from 1991 through 2010


This report presents the results of 1,000 laboratory tests conducted between 1991 and 2010 in order to verify the energy efficiency performance of appliances and equipment regulated by energy efficiency policies in Australia and New Zealand. The two relevant types of regulatory programs are Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Mandatory Energy Labeling, both of which are part of the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, a joint program of both governments.

Under the jurisdictions of Commonwealth, state, and territory governments of Australia and New Zealand, all products within the scope of energy labeling and MEPS regulations must be registered and meet the specified performance requirements. In the case of labeling, products are also required to display the correct label indicating the product’s performance. Some individual products have additional requirements.

Amongst other tasks, the E3 Committee administers a monitoring, verification and enforcement program to maximize compliance with energy efficiency regulations and ensure that the overall efficiency goals of the program are being met. These activities are based on practices developed in other countries and fields, including environmental programs, and are designed to raise the perceived risks of non-compliance by stakeholders in the E3 program.

Check testing, or verification testing, is undertaken according to the methodology specified by a test standard or protocol and is the only means to confirm whether individual models meet the performance requirements of MEPS and that energy labels indicate the correct level of performance.

Check testing provides several important functions with respect to the energy efficiency regulatory program:

  • It helps to ensure that the projected energy and greenhouse gas savings are delivered;
  • It safeguards the integrity of the program, maintaining consumer and industry confidence in the energy performance labels; and
  • It protects the investment made by manufacturer’s and product suppliers producing compliant equipment from being undercut by non-compliant products. (MEA, 2010)

This study covers check testing results from twelve major appliances and equipment on the Australian market, including air-conditioners, refrigerator display cabinets, distribution transformers, electric motors, water heaters, linear fluorescent ballasts, linear fluorescent lamps, clothes dryers, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers.