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Federal government pushes for energy efficient lighting upgrades

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The federal government’s equipment energy efficiency (E3) program has released a consultation paper to consider a range of policy options to improve energy efficiency lighting for residential and commercial users across Australia and New Zealand.

The consultation, via a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) offers four proposals including the:

⦁ Introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for LED lamps and integrated luminaires;

⦁ MEPS for non-integrated commercial luminaires;

⦁ Increasing incandescent and halogen MEPS (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps;

⦁ Introduction of mandatory labelling for lamp products primarily used in the residential sector.

The phasing out of inefficient halogen lighting across Australia has been estimated to save up to $2.8 Billion by 2030, requiring additional upfront costs for consumers and businesses with an offset of reduced long-term savings with the lower energy and replacement costs of more energy efficient and longer lasting light bulbs.

NECA will be making a submission to the RIS and seeks member advice and input prior to commenting.  The consultation document can be found here.

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