Energy Efficiency Economics & Markets

Evaluation of Labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Refrigerators in Australia

Client: AGO

Mandatory appliance labelling and minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for households refrigerators were introduced in Australia in 1987 and 1992 respectively. The AGO undertook an evaluation of MEPS for households refrigerators to establish whether the introduction of such a policy achieved desired impacts (reduction in energy and electricity demand) and compared these to those forecasted at the time of implementation of the policy. Energy Consult was responsible for directing the collection, processing and analysis of historic sales and technical data of refrigerators sold in Australia for past 35 years and to establish the direct impacts of government policy on energy performance attributes of refrigerators such as annual energy consumption and energy consumption per unit storage volume.