Energy Efficiency Economics & Markets

Evaluation of Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Non-Ducted Air Conditioning in Australia

Client: The Department of Climate Change

Mandatory minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for air conditioners were introduced in Australia in 2003. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency undertook an evaluation of MEPS for households refrigerators to establish whether the introduction of these policies achieved desired impacts (reduction in energy and electricity demand) and compared these to those forecasted at the time of implementation of the policy. EnergyConsult was responsible for directing the collection, processing and analysis of historic sales and technical data of air conditioners sold in Australia for past twenty years and to establish the direct impacts of government policy on energy performance attributes of air conditioners, such as annual energy consumption and energy consumption per unit storage volume.