International Review of MEPS Levels for Air Conditioning Products

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The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) asked EnergyConsult to conduct an international review of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and test standards applicable to residential air conditioners and packaged air conditioners. The review identifies and reports on the international MEPS levels for air conditioners and proposes the MEPS levels that would be appropriate for Australia to consider for the various air conditioner product categories, to be implemented in 2006. In addition, the report estimates preliminary greenhouse impacts of the MEPS.

This document examined the testing standards and MEPS for air conditioners in countries relevant to Australia. Those relevant to Australia were countries that have MEPS for single and three-phase air conditioners and were major trading partners. The countries examined were:

  • Japan
  • USA
  • China
  • Korea
  • Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
  • Singapore
  • Philippines

The country’s MEPS levels were compared to the efficiency of current Australian models registered for MEPS and/or labeling where appropriate to the product category. The Singapore and Philippines MEPS were assessed as being lower than the other countries and were not graphically examined in this analysis.

It should be noted that this report is a preliminary discussion paper for the purpose of obtaining feedback on the proposed MEPS levels and is not the final recommended MEPS program. The objective of this report is to inform the reader of the range of international MEPS and provide an assessment of which are the most appropriate, based on the research conducted. The report does not represent the views of the Australian Greenhouse Office nor any particular stakeholder.

Author: EnergyConsult Pty Ltd

Information from: The National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee (NAEEEC)


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