New Zealand to ‘Retire’ Energy Star Program

April 20th, 2017 by Editor

New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), which licenses the Energy Star program from the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, says the label is increasingly getting lost in a crowded market, so it’s going to be retired by the end of the year.

EECA’s Efficient Products Manager Eddie Thompson said a recent review shows consumers prefer using New Zealand’s Energy Rating Label, which lets consumers compare the running cost of products.

“Energy Star was a great addition to EECA’s tool box back when we started using it in 2005,” Thompson said. “In 2017 we have regulations to remove the worst-performing products from the market.”

Those regulations now cover 24 products and appliances compared to 12 in 2005, Thompson said.

To meet changing consumer expectations, EECA is also developing an online tool that will give people information about the most energy efficient products that have been regulated in New Zealand, Thompson said, adding that review of programs is a fundamental part of the way EECA operates to ensure value for money.

New Zealand’s Energy Star announcement comes as U.S. program’s fate hangs in doubt.

President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal seeks to close out or privatize the Energy Star program. Energy Star in the U.S. currently spends about $57 million a year, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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