Improved energy standards for computers

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013

From 1 October 2013, Australia will implement minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for computers and computer monitors, as well as mandatory energy rating labels (ERL) for computer monitors.

Similar to the star labels already on washing machines and other household appliances, the ERL enables consumers to make better-informed choices about the ongoing energy costs when making a new purchase.

Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray has welcomed the new energy efficiency standards

“The introduction of minimum performance standards for computers and monitors will reduce energy consumption, which will in turn cut costs for families and businesses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Gray said.

“Computers currently contribute up to 3% of Australia’s total energy consumption, with global estimates at around 2% of global emissions. This is equivalent to all global aviation emissions.”

Australia will be one of the first countries in the world to regulate computers and monitors under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012.

New nationally consistent energy standards for gas water heaters and more stringent MEPS and ERL for televisions have also commenced.

“These new regulations will remove the least-efficient products from the Australian market while having a minimal impact on consumer choice,” said Gray.

The products join 19 other goods currently regulated under Australia’s Equipment Energy Efficiency Program, which implements a commitment by the Australian Government and the Council of Australian Governments to achieve nationally consistent regulation of equipment and appliances.

For more information about the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program or energy ratings in Australia, go to www.energyrating.gov.au.

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